• Tesla has long touted the super safety of their crash technology, and now the evidence is in.
  • Tesla's Model 3 received top marks from safety organizations in North America, Europe, and Australia, including a 5 star crash test safety rating from consumer information agency EuroNCAP and a 2019 Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
  • This is much in part thanks to a key missing component – a front engine.
  • Tesla cars won't be coming to South Africa anytime soon, Elon Musk admitted via a tweet that Tesla models won't arrive locally due to the country's import duties. 
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The Tesla Model 3 received a 5 star test rating from safety organizations in North America, Europe, and Australia, including the highest rating of any sedan in the European New Car Assessment Programme's Safety Assist category and the 2019 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ vehicle, the highest achievement awarded by the Institute.

Tesla Model 3.
Tesla Model 3. Business Insider.

In a collision you’d be safer than you think, much in part thanks to a key missing component -an engine. It's one of the many features that makes Tesla's Model 3 sedan ultra safe in crashes.

It will be a while yet before South Africans will be able to get their hands on any Tesla vehicle. Elon Musk admitted via a tweet that Tesla models won't arrive locally due to the country's import duties, reported Janine Van der Post Wheels24 journalist. 

The Model 3 is an all-electric plug-in, meaning that the front compartment doesn't have an engine like a normal combustion car would. Instead, all the empty steel and aluminium at the front of the car crumples, drawing the shock of the crash away from the occupants.

A large crumple zone isn't the only special feature that makes the Model 3 safe. The Model 3 received top overall marks in multiple tests, like roof strength, head restraints and seats tests, and autonomous driver-assistance systems tests, much in part due to the advanced safety technology special on the car.

Tesla Model 3.
Tesla Model 3. Business Insider.

The Model 3 has a suite of driver-assist systems designed to keep you from getting into an accident, including an automatic emergency-braking system that detects obstacles and stops the car on its own. It scored an astounding 94% in the Safety Assist category for halting automatically for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as correcting inattentive driving.

Tesla Model 3.
Tesla Model 3. Business Insider.

While the Model 3 received top marks from IIHS and other safety organizations, it's one of many vehicles with excellent safety ratings. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus ES 350 scored top marks in every category, while the Audi e-tron, another electric plug-in vehicle, also received IIHS's highest safety award. A hydrogen car, the Hyundai Nexo SUV, received results comparable to the Model 3.

Tesla has long touted the super safety of their crash technology, and now the evidence is in.

Compiled by Jay Caboz

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