The Truth Behind Tesla's Safety Ratings

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Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Cory Johnson reports on Tesla Motors' sales gain in California and the truth behind the company's safety ratings. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Luxury car arquette, higher than some of the better-known brands.

Our editor-at-large, cory johnson, as you're with more on these numbers in today's's drill down.

What is the significance of this?

This is california because it's interesting because california is where they have some dealerships, unlike other states.

When you compare it to other brands, these guys did well, in the top five of cars in this world.

We have a lot of interesting cars like bmw, mercedes, and a couple of other cars -- the mercedes e class and lexis and audi, so tesla is right in the middle of that and it's ready impressive for the first half of this year.

Talk to us about this luxury sports car.

What is that?

What are we comparing it to?

There are 16 categories of cars and light trucks.

This is just one of those categories.

If you look at the broader world of automobiles and stuff, these guys have just .6%, which rounds up to one percent, but just .6 resent -- nowhere near toyota or bmw.

Tesla is just getting things started there.

What is the story behind the safety rating?

There were conflicting reports about how accurate the information was.

Tesla came out with this press release and elon musk was trumpeting their fantastic results in their first ever government test crash test.

It's not everything, it's only with the car does.

But the model s achieved the best safety rating of effort -- of any car ever tested.

The national highway transportation safety it ministration does not publish a star rating above five, however a safety rating better than five stars, where the model s achieved a combined record of 5.4 stars.

So i talked to them about that today in the statement they put out on friday and they said look, we don't anything higher than five stars.

Tesla came up with unusual math.

They don't rate vehicles above five stars and discourage misleading word, which is like safest, flawless, best in class.

I talked to tesla about their math and they created a whole new way to analyze the metrics.

If everyone had used their metrics, it would be like an amplifier that goes up to 11. but all cars are rated?

No.

all -- this morning, you wisely said -- i was right and you were wrong.

And that seems to happen quite a bit.

85% of the cars are rating.

-- r-rated.

Tesla saying they are the safest car ever.

These safety ratings, it's only been done for 12 years.

They don't know how many they are going to get into 2014. so the truth is some cars are not rated, perhaps they might test better?

They might test better and there were at least 10 cars that tested just as well as tesla.

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