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Tesla: Model 3 has lowest probability of injury of any vehicle tested by NHTSA

by Justin King

" NHTSA’s previous tests of Model S and Model X still hold the record for the second and third lowest probabilities of injury, making Tesla vehicles the best ever rated by NHTSA," the company says.

Tesla claims its Model 3 has achieved the lowest probability of injury among all vehicles ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The agency tested the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive edition for the New Car Assessment Program. Calculations for the likelihood of serious injury for front, side and rollover crashes shows the Model 3 beating all other models.

Previous tests put the Model S and X in the first and second spots, respectively, but the Model 3 now has a significant lead over the more expensive models.

Tesla credits the Model 3's low polar moment of inertia, fortified battery pack, rigid passenger compartment and overall low center of gravity.

"These safety fundamentals help to prevent intrusion into the cabin and battery modules, reduce rollover risk, and distribute crash forces systematically away from the cabin - all while providing the foundation for our superior front crumple zone that is optimized to absorb energy and crush more efficiently," the company wrote on its .

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet released results from its series of Model 3 crash tests, which include the challenging small-overlap test that goes above and beyond the government impact assessments.