Recent reports have revealed that the Tesla Model S has missed out on nabbing the highest award granted for vehicle safety by the IIHS: Top Safety Pick+.
The IIHS, operating independently of the federal government, said that the Tesla Model S failed to perform good enough in its tests to earn the top award.
Although the automaker had implemented changes to its side curtain airbags, the Model S only managed to rank as “Acceptable” in the IIHS’ excruciating small overlap test which imitates the vehicle’s impact to a tree or utility pole.
Of recent, Tesla has tweaked its production to address the small overlap test and the IIHS says it will test the updated model in time.
Aside that, the IIHS revealed that the Model S’ LED reflector headlamps, both the adaptive and standard, was rated “Poor,” the lowest rating.
However, seeing that the model’s automatic emergency braking system hasn’t been activated across all models, the IIHS was not able to test it out.
It’s unfortunate to see brands like Tesla turning in such low scores. That said, do you think the upcoming Model 3 would fall short of the top safety rating, just like the Model S did?