For the 2022 model year, the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y crossover were among the winners to receive the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ award.
How did Tesla impress the IIHS?
While well-known, the auto manufacturer Tesla is still in its infancy compared to the auto giants that participated in the IIHS tests. To have two of its most popular midsize luxury vehicles receive the Top Safety Pick+ award is no small accomplishment. This new status can change and enhance public trust in the brand.
Both Tesla Model Y and Model 3 earned the highest rating in all six IIHS crash tests. The vehicles are also tested for their vehicle-to-vehicle and pedestrian crash prevention systems. Since converting to a camera-only system, both Tesla's received top ratings in that area. Their headlight systems also earned good and acceptable ratings.
The Model 3's considered for the Top Safety award consisted of all models from 2017-2022. For Model Y, the 2020-2022 models were included.
It is expected that Tesla's vehicles will continue to achieve high evaluations with the IIHS moving forward. It remains on-brand for Tesla to prioritize the safety of the environment and their vehicle occupants.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s criteria for the Top Safety Pick+ award
To be selected for the
IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, the vehicles in question have to earn 'good' ratings in all six crashworthiness evaluations. This includes:
- Driver-side small overlap front
- Passenger-side small overlap front
- Moderate overlap front
- Original side
- Roof Strength
- Head restraint tests
Along with the crashworthiness test, the vehicles would have to receive 'advanced' or 'superior' ratings for available front crash prevention in the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian areas of evaluation.
Finally, each car's headlights are evaluated. To be awarded Top Safety Pick+, they must achieve an 'acceptable' or 'good' rating for their headlights to win Top Safety Pick+.
The IIHS will be increasing the criteria in the coming years to prioritize more areas of safety. Hopefully, this will encourage automakers to become even more intentional when designing safe vehicles.
Tesla’s impact on the future safety of EVs
After pulling through and excelling in the IIHS's rigorous testing, Tesla has done something unique for the brand itself and all-electric cars.
Many people are still having difficulty finding space for electric vehicles in their futures. Information on how electric cars compare to their traditional fueled counterparts is often opinion-based and distorted.
But for the most well-known electric vehicle manufacturer to receive such high evaluations in the widely recognized IIHS tests, the future of electric vehicles seems that much brighter.
Tesla has set a precedent for other manufacturers entering the electric vehicle space. In the far future, EVs might not only become the car of the environment but the car for overall safety.
Manufacturers of gas cars and electric cars alike deserve acknowledgments for their steady improvements toward making safer automobiles.
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