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Tesla S Safety Reputation Crashes in Tests (Video)

By    |   Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 11:30 AM

The Tesla Model S electric sedan, previously described as one of the safest vehicles ever tested, fell short of this year’s Top Safety Pick award, reportedly after a crash test dummy’s head hit the steering wheel through an airbag and other problems.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, known for its rigorous testing, released its Top Safety Pick+ awards on Wednesday, but the Tesla S was nowhere to be found in the results, according to Automotive News.

In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Tesla S its best safety rating, said The New York Times, but IIHS on Wednesday said the Tesla S wasn’t included in any of its safety awards.

The IIHS testing includes five crash trials, one of which the Tesla S failed when the dummy’s head rammed into the steering wheel on impact, said the Times.

According to IIHS, the Tesla “ran into problems in the test when the safety belt allowed the dummy’s torso to move too far forward. That allowed the dummy’s head to hit the steering wheel hard through the airbag,” noted Automotive News.

The institute later found that the seatbelt was not tight enough, the Times noted.

“The seatbelt force limiter and airbag did not work together quite the way we think is good for this type of crash,” said David Zuby, IIHS’ chief research officer.

The vehicles headlights also fell extremely short, recording a “poor” rating when tested.

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle has to receive “good” ratings across the board on all five crash tests: “small overlap front, moderated overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats,” noted Automotive News.

The “+” is awarded to vehicles which receive “good” ratings in the five-part testing as well as “good” or “acceptable” ratings on their headlights.

The ratings are on a scale of good, acceptable, marginal and poor.

Tesla has promoted its cars as the safest on the market in recent years, but its competitors are now sure to rebut that notion.

Toyota's Prius Prime and Chevrolet's Volt both passed the crash testing, and did so with “flying colors,” according to Tech Aeris.

Both automakers were awarded the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Due to the poor results, Tesla said it is working on improving safety of its vehicles, focusing mainly on mechanical and software improvements.

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The Tesla Model S electric sedan, previously described as one of the safest vehicles ever tested, fell short of this year’s Top Safety Pick award, reportedly after a crash test dummy’s head hit the steering wheel through an airbag and other problems.
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