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Tesla Model S Achieves Best Safety Rating of Any Car Ever Tested

Model S Five Star Safety Rating Chart

Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.Of all vehicles tested, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, the Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants. While the Model S is a sedan, it also exceeded the safety score of all SUVs and minivans. This score takes into account the probability of injury from front, side, rear and rollover accidents. The Model S has the advantage in the front of not having a large gasoline engine block, thus creating a much longer crumple zone to absorb a high speed impact. This is fundamentally a force over distance problem – the longer the crumple zone, the more time there is to slow down occupants at g loads that do not cause injuries. Just like jumping into a pool of water from a tall height, it is better to have the pool be deep and not contain rocks. The Model S motor is only about a foot in diameter and is mounted close to the rear axle, and the front section that would normally contain a gasoline engine is used for a second trunk.

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24 Aug
Chris Jackson @NorthwardsDS
RT @elonmusk: Model S achieves best safety rating of any car ever tested by US govt http://t.co/W1rZ5ceEVX
20 Aug
Chris Grayson @chrisgrayson
Read about this so many places I don't know that it's news now, but Elon Musk has done it again. #Tesla >> http://t.co/cFLy4LkCym
20 Aug
Benjamin Nortier @bjnortier
RT @elonmusk: Model S achieves best safety rating of any car ever tested by US govt http://t.co/W1rZ5ceEVX
20 Aug
Jason @cavilling_elite
RT @jess: Elon Musk is unstoppable. "Tesla Model S Achieves Best Safety Rating of Any Car Ever Tested." http://t.co/rDQbTWifFt
20 Aug
Sam Schreiber @printfutura
RT @elonmusk: Model S achieves best safety rating of any car ever tested by US govt http://t.co/W1rZ5ceEVX
20 Aug
Jan @bm_
RT @newsycombinator: Tesla Model S achieves best safety rating of any car ever tested http://t.co/QdUw8ZolrB
20 Aug
Jim @anoved
The Tesla Model S is the safest car ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.: http://t.co/N76zQABpx8 http://t.co/j8bgMUfuY5