The Tesla Model 3 sedan has received 5-star rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test. Each car sold in the United States goes through these standard crash tests conducted by NHTSA. For those not in the know, other models from Tesla such as Model X and Model S also received 5-star rating in these tests. Coming to the Model 3, it underwent frontal impact test, side impact test and rollover resistance test.
The auto safety agency began testing vehicles around two decade ago in 1993. The agency has adopted new safety regulations over the years in a bid to improve safety standards of cars retailed in the US market. Both the vehicles from Tesla-Model X and Model S, have undergone crash tests by NHTA in the past. The company has also conducted tests on other models from Tesla that have put a question mark over the functioning of the automaker’s auto-pilot system.
To Tesla’s relief, the Model 3 has been awarded a 5-star rating in all three impact test conducted by NHTSA (front, side and rollover tests). The model was subjected to a full head-on collision moving at a speed of 35 mph (56 km/h), in the frontal impact test. On the other hand, the side barrier test involved an intersection collision between a standing vehicle and moving barrier at 38.5 mph (62 km/h). While in the rollover resistance test, Model 3 was put to test to measure the risk of rollover in a single vehicle, loss-of-control scenario.