Tesla responds, questioning IIHS motives after Model S fails to impress in crash test
The Tesla Model S Class has not failed with the latest crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the electric sports sedan has achieved a higher score on a particular test, the results of which were released late Wednesday.
The results of the tests have caused some agitation, especially given the effectiveness of the S model in similar tests in the past. And the test in question is crucial, designed to judge the performance of a vehicle in the event of a frontal collision, where the impact occurs on the driver’s side.
Following the release of the test results, Tesla issued a statement in response to fears that its flagship sedan has reached the highest scores.
The IIHS test in question is designed to evaluate the performance of a vehicle when a collision occurs in the front of the driver’s side of the car. The test referred to by the IIHS as a “small shock test before overlap” simulates a typical impact with a tree or other vehicle.
Tesla Model S has achieved the highest possible rating on each of the IIHS tests, outside the small crash test before overlap, where the sports sedan manages an “acceptable” rating. Meanwhile, the Lincoln Continental, Mercedes E-Class and Toyota Avalon all received the highest score in the test.
According to Reuters, the IIHS found that seat belts and S model airbags were not effective in testing and they could not prevent the driver’s head from hitting the steering wheel. In response to allegations made by the IIHS as a result of its most recent round of tests, Tesla issued a statement.
“The IIHS and other private industry groups in the world have dozens of methods and motivations tailored to their own subjective goals,” said a Tesla spokesman.
“The most accurate and accurate independent test of vehicle safety are currently carried out by the United States government found that the S model and X model are the two cars with the lowest probability of injured cars that they have already tested , Making it the safest cars in history. ”
Tesla shares slipped more than 7% on Wednesday to close at $ 327.09. The stock continued to fall during the afternoon session, and fell by almost 3% to $ 317.50 at the time of writing.