Tesla claims the Model X has the lowest probability of injury of any SUV the NHTSA has ever tested.The Tesla Model X has staked a new claim as the first SUV to get five-star ratings in all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash scenarios.The electric crossover aced every category and sub-category, indicating the lowest probability of injury of any SUV the NHTSA has ever tested.
"In fact, of all the cars NHTSA has ever tested, Model X's overall probability of injury was second only to Model S," Tesla wrote in a blog post.
The Model X' electric architecture takes credit for the superior crash performance. The platform benefits from a battery pack mounted beneath the floor, improving rigidity while creating a low center of gravity that resists rollover.
With five-star ratings in frontal impact, side impact and pole impact tests, conducted on both the driver and passenger sides, and top marks in the rollover tests, Model X occupants are said to have an overall 93-percent chance of walking away without a serious injury in any similar real-world accidents.
The Model X has not yet surfaced in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash test database. Despite an impressive performance in the government's New Car Assessment Program, the Model S did not qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick award due to an 'acceptable' rating in the institute's challenging small-overlap test and 'poor' headlight performance.