Between the NHTSA results and early feedback from the IIHS, Model 3 should rank among the industry's safest small cars. Tesla has worked hard to get Model 3 production underway after facing significant setbacks.
The agency started the 5-Star safety ratings program in 1993 and Tesla's Model X and Model S, which has been the subject of at least one NHTSA investigation, have both received the top rating in the past. But that's only half the story.
In testing, the Model 3 earned top marks in all three categories. He took to Twitter to reveal the organization will soon be posting its safety stats which the CEO believes Model 3 could lead.
"NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings help consumers compare vehicle safety when searching for a auto". Everything else is present as standard equipment. Neither of which are especially easy to get.
Finally, the rollover category measures the risk of rollover in a loss-of-control scenario.
This is not to say that the Model 3's safety ratings have flawless from the beginning. Consumer Reports later retested the Model 3, giving it a "Recommended" rating. Since the vehicle does not have a front-mounted engine and rear-mounted gas tank, as can be found on fossil fuel-powered cars, the Model 3 has extra large crumple zones that absorb energy during high-speed collisions.
A Tesla Model S electric auto is seen at a dealership in Seoul, South Korea.