Tesla Model 3 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award


The 2019 Telsa Model 3 receives a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety from overall good ratings.

The Tesla Model 3 has earned quite a lot of 5-star safety ratings from all over the world, from the NHTSA to Euro NCAP just to name a few. But now, the Model 3 was awarded the highest achievement possible from the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2019 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+.

The Model 3 joins two other zero-emission vehicles who also qualified for the TOP SAFETY PICK+, the all-electric Audi e-tron and the hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo.

Vehicles with alternative powertrains have come into their own,” IIHS Chief Research Officer David Zuby says. “There’s no need to trade away safety for a lower carbon footprint when choosing a vehicle.

In all the tests necessary to earn the highest mark, the Tesla Model 3

In order to achieve the highest mark, the Tesla Model 3 needed a good rating in all the IIHS’ tests and then some more. To quote the American Institute:

To earn a 2019 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap test. It also needs an available front crash prevention system with an advanced or superior rating and good- or acceptable-rated headlights.”

After all that, and in order to qualify for the 2019 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+, the Model 3 required a good rating on two more tests, a passenger-side small overlap test and the headlight evaluation.


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