This is really not very big news — the Model S is considered to be the safest car in mass production… well, the safest car ever produced for the mass market. However, in the midst of ridiculous overhype about a few fires connected to the Model S (while ignoring the hundreds of thousands that occur in gasmobiles every year), Tesla felt the need to get public reaffirmation from the NHTSA on how incredibly safe the Model S is. Here’s a Tesla Motors statement regarding that (links added):
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reaffirmed the 5-star safety rating of the Tesla Model S overall and in all subcategories for Model Year 2014, confirming the highest safety rating in America. While Tesla is awaiting feedback from NHTSA regarding their investigation of recent fire incidents, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), recently concluded its review of the incidents, finding no manufacturer-related defects or need for further action.
It is worth noting that a Tesla vehicle is over five times less likely to experience a fire than the average gasoline car and that there have been zero serious injuries or deaths for any reason ever, fire or otherwise, in a Model S. Over the course of more than 100 million miles driven in almost every possible terrain, weather and crash conditions, the Tesla Model S has consistently protected its driver and passengers, achieving the best safety track record of any car on the road.
With only about 22% of the population familiar with the Model S, it would be a shame to see many of the unaware learn about the Model S through a fire. However, on the other hand, maybe it would be a useful window into the car, if such a person went on to learn of the tremendous safety record of the vehicle.
Indeed, Model S drivers who have actually been in a crash with the vehicle are now even more impressed by the car.
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