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Tesla's Model S Sedan Destroys Safety Tests ... Literally

Tesla's Model S Sedan Destroys Safety Tests ... Literally
Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

In the long history of automotive safety press releases, no carmaker has ever issued a statement quite like the one put out by Tesla Motors on Monday night.

The statement begins by looking at a battery of tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tesla’s Model S all-electric luxury sedan. The reader is quickly told that the Model S got a 5-star rating overall and a 5-star rating in all the subcategories. “Of all vehicles tested, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, the Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants,” Tesla said.