Tesla Model X the first SUV, ever to achieve 5-Star crash rating in every category
Tesla Model X scaled a new height that shouldn’t surprise to many, Tesla earlier today announced that the Model X is now the only SUV in history to attain a 5-star crash rating across every test administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While it’s easy to get bogged down with Tesla’s focus on raw acceleration and the company’s ongoing effort to bring autonomous driving to the mainstream, it’s important to remember that the company is perhaps more obsessed with vehicular safety than anything else.
Tesla made a point of noting that one of the reasons why the Tesla Model X performed as well as it did is because of its low center of gravity. A result of the vehicle’s hefty battery pack being positioned on the bottom of the car and thus lessening the chances of a rollover incident in a crash.
“NHTSA’s tests assess both the structure of the vehicle,” Tesla added, “which must minimize intrusion into the cabin and absorb as much energy as possible, and also the seatbelt and airbag restraint system, which must maximize injury mitigation in the event of a crash. Among the nine subcategories rated by NHTSA, including frontal impact, side impact, and pole impact tests conducted on both the driver and passenger side as well as the rollover test, Model X achieved 5-stars in every category and sub-category.”
All told, Tesla boasts that a Model X passenger involved in a crash has a 93% chance of walking away with no serious injuries.
Of course, Tesla’s track record at this point speaks for itself. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady stream of stories involving Model S and Model X passengers surviving absolutely horrifying crashes. As a quick example, earlier this year a Model S got into an accident and ended up flying 82 feet in the air.
The crash scene looked different, and somewhat miraculously, all five passengers in the car emerged with no life threatening injuries.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that after conducting independent testing, it has awarded Tesla Model X a 5-star safety rating in every category. In fact, of all the cars NHTSA has ever tested, Model X’s overall probability of injury was second only to Model S.
A fair testament which proves that Tesla Model X is one of the safest cars on earth. Tesla has stood to the commitment of building the safest cars on today’s roads.