The 2021 Tesla Model 3 received top safety ratings from Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on last Tuesday. The 2021 Tesla Model 3 is the company’s lower-cost electric sedan.
Elon Musk’s company, Tesla, announced in May that radar sensors would be removed from 2021 Tesla Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossover vehicles constructed on or after April 27 for customers in North America. Instead, a vision-based driving assistance system (using cameras) would be used, according to the company.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s websites addressing 2021 Tesla Model 3s at the time stopped displaying check marks suggesting the agency had verified the efficiency of the updated cars’ safety measures.
The forward collision warning, lane departure warning, crash imminent braking, and dynamic brake assist systems on the radar-omitted Tesla’s were all deemed to be suspicious after the alteration.
Some of those elements still lack checkmarks on the government’s authority website.
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Safety award for 2021 Tesla Model 3
IIHS representative said that with the new ratings out, the Institute for Highway Safety’s top safety pack and awards now applies to all 2021 Tesla Model 3 vehicles, regardless of whatever front collision prevention technology is equipped on a given vehicle.
The Tesla Model Y has not yet been examined by the IIHS, although it is expected to receive full ratings later this summer. The Model Y’s crashworthiness, front crash prevention, and headlights will all be evaluated in their future studies.
The independent tests by IIHS confirmed the success of Tesla’s camera-based automated emergency braking and front collision warning systems. Consumer Reports said in a statement Tuesday, and that was enough to rename the 2021 Tesla Model 3 as a Consumer Reports Top Pick.