Tesla & BMW fall to fulfill expectations in electric vehicle crash tests

Automotive - Mohit Shah - Feb 02,2017

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tesla and bmw fall to fulfill expectations in electric vehicle crash tests

A fresh round of crash tests pointed out areas where BMW i3 and Tesla’s Model S failed to score satisfactory points as rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

It was revealed that, the two models did not flop any of the crash tests, however, did fall short of gathering all the criteria needed to be rated by the IIHS as a "Top Safety Pick".

The IIHS said, in the test Model S safety belt permitted the dummy's torso to move too far forward which caused the dummy's head strike the steering wheel through the airbag. The safety authority also raised concerns related to potential leg injuries for the drivers involved in minor overlap front crashes.

Dave Zuby at IIHS commented, “Neither of these (potential injuries) were so high that we would expect life threatening injuries, but they are too high in our opinion to get "Good" ratings for those body regions”.

However, Tesla believes the tests do not reveal the safety report of its Model S. According to a company spokesperson, the firm is committed to making the world's safest cars. He further added, “Model S has previously received a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 5-star rating from Euro NCAP.”

The IIHS records Tesla has made production modifications to the Model S to improve its ability to safeguard passengers and that the reorganized model will be tested at some point by IIHS. Tesla believes those enhancements will change the conclusions of the IIHS.

On the other hand, BMW’s i3 received its "acceptable" rating in context to head restraint and seat evaluation, which primarily measures how the automobile will do shielding against neck injuries in a rear crash.

While the Model S and i3 fell short of getting the best rating possible, the IIHS acknowledged the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius Prime as the Top Safety Picks.