For as much as Tesla likes to make a big deal about how fast its cars are, it’s easy to forget that Tesla vehicles are some of the safest cars on the planet. In light of that, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Tesla’s Model 3 recently received a perfect 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Indeed, the Model 3 received 5 stars across every tested category, including side crash, frontal crash, and rollover scenarios.
Still, there’s no denying that every accident involving Tesla tends to be front-page news, a dynamic which Tesla CEO Elon Musk naturally abhors. “It’s super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage,” Musk quipped via Twitter a few months back.
While there are certainly legitimate qualms to be had with Tesla’s Autopilot feature as it pertains to safety — though this has as much to do with Tesla owners misusing the feature as anything else — the bottom line is that Tesla vehicles are designed and engineered from the ground up with hardcore safety in mind.
To this point, the NHTSA recently revealed that the Model 3 has the lowest probability of injury across all cars. Tesla naturally highlighted the NHTSA’s findings in a new blog post over the weekend. Put simply, passengers involved in a crash are less likely to be injured if they happen to be riding in a Model 3.
And because a picture is worth a thousand words, the chart below is quite telling.
Tesla’s full blog post, which contains a lot of interesting technical details about the Model 3 design, can be read over here.