Tags: tesla | model s | safest | car | ever

Tesla Model S Gets Better-Than-Perfect Safety Rating: 5.4 Out of 5

Image: Tesla Model S Gets Better-Than-Perfect Safety Rating: 5.4 Out of 5

Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 06:50 PM

By Morgan Chilson

The Tesla Model S is the safest car ever, scoring a 5.4 out of 5 in a crash test safety rating, the highest number ever given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

The snazzy, all-electric car has gotten accolades from all over, reported ABC News, including being compared to a Porsche for its handling.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

The Tesla Model S got a top score of 5 on the crash test, which other cars do get, but what made it stand out was extremely high scores in individual categories, even beating out SUVs, the CSM said. The tests covers things like side pole impact, the risk of rollover, and front impact.

In a statement on the Tesla Motors website, the company reported, “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.”

The company said the lack of a large gasoline engine block gave the car some advantage, giving it a “much longer crumple zone to absorb a high speed impact.” In the side pole impact test, which is a tough one, Tesla Motors said, the car even beat out the Volvo S60, preserving 63.5 percent of the driver's residual space versus 7.8 percent for the Volvo.

ABC News said safety is apparently a focus of Tesla, which recalled some cars in June for a weakness in a mounting bracket that wasn’t caught by any regulators. In a statement about that issue, Tesla Motors said no customers had complained about the problem, and the welded joint hadn’t actually detached on any cars.

NHTSA ratings are available online.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

Related stories:

Tesla Stock Soars as 2nd Quarter Earnings Defy Expected Loss

Elon Musk Hyperloop Unveiled: Speedy 'Pods' Would Go Up to 800 MPH

BMS Sees No Rival in Tesla Model S as It Preps Plug-In Supercar

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Frances Bean Cobain, Courtney Love All Hugs for Doc on Kurt

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 09:46 AM

Frances Bean Cobain and her mother Courtney Love made their first appearance together in recent memory to attend Saturda . . .

Elysian Brewing Sold, Leaving Devotees to Cry in Their Beer

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 09:16 AM

Elysian Brewing was sold to Anheuser-Busch last week, and many in the craft beer community are saying the longtime Seatt . . .

'Full House' Reunion Brings Show's Stars Back for a Party

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 09:06 AM

There was a "Full House" cast reunion on Saturday night as John Stamos, Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin and others joined toget . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved