The Tesla Model X was awarded a 5-star crash rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in every category. This makes the Model X the first SUV to receive such rating.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk have long praised Tesla for making the safest cars in the world. The Model S was highly rated as well, receiving a similar 5-star rating.
The Model X earned its 5-star crash rating in every category and subcategory, yielding the lowest injury probability rate of any SUV ever tested. The only other car to obtain a lower injury probability rate is its sibling, the Model S.
Some of the subcategories included frontal impact, side impact, pole impact and rollover tests. Stunningly, Model X drivers have a 93-percent probability of walking away from an accident without a serious injury.
“The rigid, fortified battery pack that powers Model X is mounted beneath the floor of the vehicle creating a center of gravity so low that Model X has the lowest rollover probability of any SUV on the road,” Tesla said in a blogpost about the sterling results. “No other SUV has ever come close to meeting and exceeding this rollover requirement.”
The NHTSA tests the structure of the vehicle, airbags and seat belts to evaluate the injury probability as well as intrusion into the cabin.
In Tesla’s pursuit of expanding EV adoptability and autonomous driving, one of the main cogs in those endeavors has been ensuring consumers that its cars are safe. The crash tests are proving Tesla’s merit. Check out the Model X’s crash test down below.