The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded Model S a 5-star safety rating both overall and in each individual category.
According to the company claims, the electric model achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars – it sits highly in the merely one percent of cars tested by the NHTSA that earn five stars in every category tested. Tesla claims that the Model S was able to earn a 5.4 star rating because the NHTSA, which does not publish star ratings above 5, captures safety levels above 5 stars in the Vehicle Safety Score, which it sends to manufacturers. Tesla says this rating is tops among every major make and model in the United States.
“Of note, during validation of Model S roof crush protection at an independent commercial facility, the testing machine failed at just above 4 g’s. While the exact number is uncertain due to Model S breaking the testing machine, what this means is that at least four additional fully loaded Model S vehicles could be placed on top of an owner’s car without the roof caving in,” states the companies press release.
Of course, there should be little surprise in the fact that Tesla’s Model S is a really safe bet, as this particular car is without a gasoline tank and was invented by a billionaires company, which also runs a space company, among others.