Tesla often says its cars are really safe, but the company has just received specific recognition of that safety for the first time ever: Model 3 was just awarded "top safety choice" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Model S had previously failed to earn top marks from IIHS, and Model X was never tested by the nonprofit group. . Like E-Tron, Model 3 received "good" ratings in all categories, which is the best distinction IIHS gives. Model 3 was just really nice in two places. IIHS said that the car versions prior to June 2018 had only "acceptable" headlights. And on all models, the group said there is a "moderate risk of left lower leg injury" in the driver in crashes that overlap the driver's side of the vehicle (which IIHS says is one of the most challenging tests).
Tesla's automatic emergency braking system also worked well in accordance with IIHS, avoiding collisions in both 12 mph and 25 mph tests.
In a blog post, Tesla was proud of how Model 3's all glass roof held up during the IIHS tests, and also pointed out that its seats – which are designed internally – helped the car get such high marks.
"The safety of our customers is the most important thing, which is why our active safety features and passive safety equipment are standard on all our cars," the company wrote.
Full results, videos and photos of IIHS's Model 3 test can be found on the nonprofit group's website.