The IIHS has granted the five-passenger Model 3 its highest rating, Top Safety Pick +. It said the Model 3 earned strong ratings across the board for crashworthiness. The car's structure held up well in the driver-side small overlap front test, IIHS said.
The Model 3 managed to achieve "good" ratings in headlights and all categories for crash safety, along with a "superior" rating for front crash prevention. The only injury risk recorded in IIHS tests was a moderate risk of leg injury in driver-side small overlap front crash tests.
Tesla's larger and pricier Model S sedan previously missed a Top Safety Pick award for the same reason - "poor" headlight performance.
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