Tesla's Model 3 got the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after the team conducted a series of vehicle crash tests. IIHS named the Model 3 the "Top Safety Pick +," the second all-electric vehicle to win this year's designation after the Audi e-tron.
The Model 3 beat the Chevy Bolt, which fell in one of its crash tests earlier this year. Bolt headlights also get a bad rating because of the glare.
IIHS covered Model 3 to four different crash tests: minor overlap crashes on drivers and passenger sides, a moderate overlap test, and a side crash test. The vehicle performed well in all four tests.
"The position of the dummy in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's safety is maintained properly," IIHS wrote after a moderate overlap crash before the crash
IIHS admired Tesla's headlights, illuminating the road without causing glare for other drivers. IIHS also praised Tesla's automated emergency braking technology, which successfully stopped the car in time to avoid collisions.
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