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Euro NCAP has denied recent allegations that Tesla was trying to cheat crash tests using a code. The investigation conducted by the authority did not reveal any violations.
On September 7, Tesla announced that its Model Y earned a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP and ANCAP, achieving the highest overall score under the new protocol. On September 10, an influencer Twitter user Green questioned the validity of the tests, arguing that there are provisions in the vehicle code that attach crash body labels to vehicles depending on where they are being tested.
"Tesla has just added ANCAP support to their code. This is in addition to the existing "I VISTA" (Chinese polygons), EuroNCAP and Korea NCAP…
I wonder why do this (they also distribute one-time builds to test houses with a test house in the name (with tweaked settings?) )."
The doubts raised led Euro NCAP, a government-backed European organization that assesses vehicle safety, to launch an investigation to find out if this is true and if Tesla tried to cheat in crash tests. All results to date have shown that there is absolutely no evidence that the manufacturer manipulated the test results and cheated to get the highest safety rating, Euro NCAP program director Aled Williams told CNN Business in an email last week.
“The integrity of its star-rating scheme is of utmost importance to Euro NCAP and we will continue to do all we can to ensure the rating reflects the safety which consumers can expect from their vehicles,” Williams said. “So far, Euro NCAP’s investigations have not revealed any evidence of an attempt to ‘cheat’ the tests by Tesla.”
Euro NCAP also said it found no evidence that Tesla used geofencing to determine when a car is in a test location and change its performance.
Williams said such investigations are not uncommon, it is just that Tesla's investigation has been heavily publicized in the media, compared to other manufacturers' investigations.
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