As Tesla rolls out its first electric auto aimed at the mass market, high safety ratings for the Model 3 have been a top priority.
To get side crash-test ratings, the NHTSA makes two evaluations.
The last picture is from the NHTSA's rollover test of the Model 3, a test created to measure "the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario".
The Tesla Model 3 received 5 stars in the frontal, side and rollover crash tests. Back in 2013, the Tesla Model S performed so well during the NHTSA's testing, the vehicle ended up breaking the organization's crash-testing gear.
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Even before the release of the NHTSA's official ratings for the Model 3, Elon Musk has been lauding the electric sedan's safety features. In a recent note, Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein, who is known to be critical of Tesla in the past, stated that there is simply "no credible competition" for the Model 3 until 2020.
A mere three days ago, Tesla tweeted a video demo of the Model 3's durability being tested on a road simulator. Consumer Reports later retested the Model 3, giving it a "Recommended" rating.
Tesla's ability to deliver on production targets for its Model 3 sedans has weighed on its stock in the past, and the company recently acknowledged there were delivery bottlenecks and promised to iron out the delays swiftly.
The Model 3's all-electric design is a key factor in its safety ratings.