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Tesla Model S Protects Occupants After Being Hit by Inattentive Driver

Tesla Model S Protects Occupants After Being Hit by Inattentive Driver

Photo: CyberMark/Twitter

A 2014 Tesla Model S, which has a five-star NHTSA safety rating, protected its occupants after being hit by an inattentive driver. The car is designed in such a way that it is able to absorb the force of impact, thereby minimizing the likelihood of injury to occupants and damage to the battery pack.

CyberMark/Twitter shared some sad news for him: his 8-year-old Tesla Model S was T-boned by a car driven by an inattentive driver. Mark is very grateful to Tesla for protecting him well during this accident. According to the description, an inattentive woman started to cross traffic lanes in her car, not paying attention to the fact that another car was driving there. As a result, she rammed the Model S, causing damage to the car and stressing out Mark.

As you can see from the photo, the impact was on the right rear, and the car's components in that area absorbed the force of impact. This position of the wheel indicates that all protective systems worked correctly, and as a result, the wheel’s tire protected the battery from impact. Not many people know that Tesla cars are designed to fully protect the occupant and battery from crash damage, and a partially broken wheel that is placed in a certain way plays an important role in this.

In 2013, independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.

Of all tested vehicles, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants. While Model S is a sedan, it also exceeded the safety score of all SUVs and minivans. This score takes into account the probability of injury from front, side, rear and rollover accidents.

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Eva Fox

Eva Fox

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.

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