The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit agency that carries out tests on trucks, cars and SUVs to assess how well the vehicles perform in crashes. The organization has conducted a series of crash tests on full-size cars. Tesla owners in Louisiana should be aware that the Tesla Model S, which the manufacturer touts as the safest car ever, did not receive high ratings.
The three cars that were designated as Top Safety Pick Plus cars included the Toyota Avalon, Lincoln Continental and Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan. In addition to the Tesla Model S, other vehicles that failed to achieve high marks included the Chevrolet Impala and Ford Taurus.
According to the vice-president of IIHS, the Impala, Taurus and Tesla performed poorly in the small overlap front test. The test, which was first conducted in 2012, is intended to assess a vehicle's ability to withstand an impact on the front driver-side corner. The IIHS official stated that a durable structure is required so that the safety cage is not crushed, potentially harming the driver and passengers.
An all-electric car with a high price, the Tesla is a newcomer to the luxury-car sector. The CEO of the company has repeatedly spoken about ensuring the vehicle is safe.There were other safety issues with the Tesla Model S revealed during the tests. The safety belt was not strong enough and allowed the dummy used in the small overlap test to shift forward far enough during the crash that its head struck the steering wheel.
Even the safest of vehicles can be in car crashes that result in catastrophic injuries. When such an accident is caused by another motorist, a personal injury attorney could be of assistance in seeking compensation for a victim.