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• Model Y receives top rating in crash test
• Top Safety Pick+ for the third year in a row
• IIHS has set stricter criteria in 2023
At the end of January, the Model Y made negative headlines after a Tesla driver reported a frightening experience. According to this, the steering wheel of his new Model Y suddenly fell off just a few days after he received the SUV while he was driving on the freeway. He explained that he was lucky that there was no car behind his vehicle, so he was able to stop his Tesla without harm.
@elonmusk @TeslaOwnersWW @BLKMDL3 Family was excited to receive Tesla Y delivery on 1/24/2023. Was driving on highway and all the sudden steering wheel fall off, was lucky enough there was no car behind and I was able to pull on devider #SafetyFirst #Fixit #TeslaModelY #help pic.twitter.com/4UMokFA2cv
– Prerak & Neha Patel (@preneh24) January 30, 2023
Top Safety Pick+
But this incident was apparently just an isolated incident and all in all Tesla’s best-selling car seems to be very safe. As has now become known, the Model Y again received a top rating for crash safety in the USA. According to this, the e-SUV received the highest award “Top Safety Pick+” for the third time in a row from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which tests cars for accident safety and avoidance.
#ICYMI: The 2021-22 Tesla Model Y is our latest TOP SAFETY PICK+ for models built after April 2021.
read more: https://t.co/xKDScOY8na pic.twitter.com/2zgGAk0s9F
– IIHS (@IIHS_autosafety) December 28, 2021
According to the US insurance institute, Tesla’s bestseller, which was launched in 2020, received the best grade for all seven sub-items in the crash resistance category. The Model Y was also convincing in terms of crash avoidance and mitigation – only the headlights were only rated as good or acceptable, depending on the equipment.
As is regularly the case with such tests, the IIHS has tightened its requirements in 2023. For example, better protection for occupants in the event of a side impact and better recognition of pedestrians were required for the coveted award. That is why only 28 vehicles made it onto the list of plus picks in 2023, compared to 65 cars in the previous year.
In addition to the Model Y, the 28 vehicles that the IIHS will honor with its highest award in 2023 include three other purely electric vehicles: the Volkswagen ID.4, the Rivian pickup R1T and the Subaru Solterra.
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