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Three large cars receive 'Top Safety Pick' award

Three large cars receive 'Top Safety Pick' award

The IIHS is a nonprofit organization funded by auto insurers that crash tests trucks, SUVs and cars.

IIHS stated in its report that Tesla did make some changes to the Model S cars produced after January, but it didn't quite work out, as the vehicle failed to score a "good" rating to get the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating. Of these, only three ( Toyota Avalon, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-Class) earned the coveted TSP+, whereas the remaining cars settled for Top Safety Pick without the + suffix. In so doing, the Tesla Model S joins the Chevrolet Impala and Ford Taurus as concerns the rating level by the IIHS.

That's not surprising: that tough new test was added only in 2012. That test mimics a vehicle hitting a tree or a pole. The institute announced on Wednesday night the Model S had managed an acceptable level rating which is the second in rank designation in a test that was meant to simulate offset frontal crash at 40 miles per hour.

Tesla defends the Model S and its safety record. To qualify for the top rating, the cars must also score "good" or "acceptable" in the group's headlight test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety further notes that maximum intrusion into the driver's space stands at 11 inches in the lower part of the cabin.




The first test resulted in a good rating for structural integrity, while the second test resulted in an acceptable structural rating. The test results have caused a bit of a buzz, especially considering how well the Model S had performed in similar tests in the past.

The greater deformation in the second test also resulted in damage to the left front corner of the battery case. The deformation was limited to an area that didn't contain battery cells in the tested vehicle, so this damage didn't affect the rating.

In a statement to Business Insider, however, a Tesla spokesperson pushed back on the findings, arguing hat the Model S should have been given a higher rating. They haven't been tested separately and aren't covered by this rating.

In another setback for the high-flying electric carmaker, Tesla's Model S once again fell short of the top rating in a key crash test, an independent testing agency said Thursday. While automatic braking comes standard, the software for the feature was only recently activated.


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