Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 sedan has been awarded five stars in all crash tests conducted by the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
NHTSA conducts tests to simulate head-on collisions, crashes into side barriers and poles and rollovers, and the Model 3 earned the top rating in every category, according to the agency’s website.
The ratings are a relief after months of Tesla crashes making headlines -- particularly with incidents involving the company’s driver-assistance system Autopilot. Tesla has made controversial assertions about data related to the safety of Autopilot, and both the company and NHTSA have resisted releasing data to back up claims made in the wake of a fatal crash involving a Model X crossover in March.
The Model X and Model S both also earned five stars in all categories.