Both electric cars narrowly missed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ award in the latest round of crash tests for electrified vehicles.
This is because neither managed to score a “good” rating in all the different categories, a pre-requisite to get the accolade. The Model S didn’t get the grade because of Acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test, though the rating applies only to models built until January 23, 2017 as Tesla has committed to a production change. The IIHS also discovered the Model S P100D had Acceptable roof strength, while other versions gained the Good rating. IIHS also rated every Model S with a Poor score in the headlight test. Tesla commented: “Model S still has the lowest ever probability of injury of any car ever tested by NHTSA.”
Meanwhile, the BMW i3 tripped on the rear-end collision test where its head restraints that protect from neck injuries gained an Acceptable rating. Without this setback, the i3 would have gained the Top Safety Pick+, as the front crash prevention system was rated Advanced and headlights as Acceptable, the latter being the only criteria allowed to score an Acceptable rating. The German company commented: “We narrowly missed the IIHS rear impact test rating of ‘Good’. However, the BMW i3 with its carbon-fiber structure is designed to meet and exceed global safety standards.”