The results are in, and Tesla Inc.'s Model 3 sedan has been awarded five stars in all crash tests conducted by the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
To get side crash-test ratings, the NHTSA makes two evaluations.
It's also worth mentioning that while the IIHS hasn't published its crash test results, it has partially evaluated the Model 3 and it received a rating of Superior for its forward collision avoidance systems and an "A" rating for its headlights.
The NHTSA's three safety categories are frontal crash, side crash and rollover.
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Even the 2018 Toyota Camry, a sedan that matched the Model 3's flawless scores in every test, had a 9.9% rollover resistance. The frontal crash, which combines front driver side and front passenger side ratings into a single score, simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 miles per hour. These technologies are recommended by NHTSA and have met performance tests. Model 3 is truly among the elite in this aspect.
Even before the release of the NHTSA's official ratings for the Model 3, Elon Musk has been lauding the electric sedan's safety features. Tesla has worked hard to get Model 3 production underway after facing significant setbacks.