Automotive - - May 25,2018
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a new phase of crash tests in which both BMW i3 and Tesla's Model S couldn’t acquire satisfactory scores as compared to other electric vehicles.
According to IIHS, the Model S safety belt permitted the fit-in dummy's torso to slide too forward which led the dummy's head strike the steering wheel right through the airbag. In addition to this, IIHS also stated concerns regarding possible leg injuries which can hamper drivers in smaller front crashes.
But looking at a wider picture, the two models under the scanner did not fully fail the involved crash tests; however, did fall short to satisfy all the mentioned standards that could have rated them under the "Top Safety Pick" list by IIHS.
To these tests, Tesla believes that the safety status for Model S isn’t justified. "We are committed to making the world's safest cars, and 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”, said Tesla spokesperson. The statement also included that, Model S stills holds the lowest ever possibility of injury in comparison to any other car examined by NHTSA till date.
On the other hand, the BMW i3 acquired an "acceptable" score in terms of seat evaluation and head restraint, which primarily measures how the car will safeguard the passengers in a rear crash, focused at neck injuries.
Dave Zuby from IIHS said the authority expects that engineers at BMW are working to enhance rear crash safety, especially with the seats.