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Tesla has always placed great emphasis on ensuring the safety of its vehicles, which translates into the ability of cars to avoid collisions or protect passengers if an accident does occur. Tesla's newest vehicle, Model Y, has been awarded a five-star safety rating in all tests by the NHTSA.
Tesla believes technology can help improve safety. This is why Tesla vehicles are designed to be the safest in the world. The unique combination of passive safety, active safety, and automated driver assistance are critical to ensuring the safety of not only Tesla drivers and passengers, but all drivers on the road.
In November 2020, NHTSA tested Tesla's new vehicle, the Model Y electric SUV, which received 5 safety stars in each of the tested categories.
Overall Front Star Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.
Overall Side Star Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating.
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Combines the Side Barrier Driver and the Side Pole Star Ratings into a Front Seat rating. The Rear Seat rating is derived from the Side Barrier Rear Passenger rating.
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Side Barrier ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Side Barrier test simulates an intersection collision between a standing vehicle and moving barrier at 38.5 mph.
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- Rear Passenger ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall Side Pole Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Side Pole Barrier test simulates a crash into a fixed object like a tree or utility pole.
Rollover Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Rollover Resistance test measures the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario.
Rollover Risk 7.90%
No car can prevent all accidents. But Tesla works tirelessly, every day, to try to make accidents much less likely to occur. Active safety features come standard on all Tesla vehicles made after September 2014 for an added layer of safety beyond the physical structure of each car.
Because every Tesla is connected, the company is able to use the billions of miles of real-world data from their global fleet—of which more than one billion miles have been driven with Autopilot engaged—to understand the different ways accidents happen. They develop features that can help Tesla drivers mitigate or avoid accidents. Through over-the-air software updates, the company is able to introduce safety features and enhancements long after a car has been delivered, as well as release updated versions of existing safety features that take into account the most up-to-date real-world data collected by their fleet.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.