The top vehicle safety rating on
Tesla Motors, Inc.
) Model S car of model year 2014 has been reiterated by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Model
S obtained a five-star rating overall and also for each of the
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In Aug 2013, Tesla's Model S won the five-star rating from the
NHTSA for the first time. This is a coveted award for Tesla as
only 1% of cars tested receive the 5-star rating from NHTSA. The
board assesses vehicle performance in frontal, side and rear
crash tests and resistance to rollover.
The star ratings have a cap of 5. The Vehicle Safety Score (VSS)
can cross this cap, although it happens rarely. However, Model S
managed to obtain a score of 5.4. With this, Tesla's Model S
sedan ensures exceptional safety to passengers as it has the
lowest possibility of injury to passengers among all major cars
sold in the U.S. The safety score of this sedan exceeded the
score of most sports utility vehicles and minivans.
Tesla was worried about the three Model S fire incidents in a
five weeks span. The NHTSA started an investigation after the
three fires. As a result of these incidents, NHTSA demanded
details regarding the after effect of the damage of battery pack
of Model S and the method adopted by Tesla to solve those
In early December, German Federal Motor Transport Authority or
Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), which was also investigating a fire
incident, revealed that it did not find any manufacturing defect
in Tesla's Model S. The authority's statement came after it
examined and reviewed the vehicle following the recent fires. The
German authority issued a letter stating that Tesla does not need
to take any action under the German Product Safety Act.
According to Tesla, Model S is safer than the average gasoline
car. The probability of the vehicle catching fire is 5 times
lesser than any gasoline vehicle. Moreover, there has not been
any report of any serious injury in the car either.
Tesla currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Other prominent
automobile companies include
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Tata Motors Limited
Ford Motor Co.