The 2017 Chevrolet Volt walked away from the latest round of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests with a Top Safety Pick+ rating. Unfortunately for Tesla, the Model S couldn’t say the same any longer.
The IIHS rated the Model S with only an “Acceptable” rating in the small frontal overlap test, whereas the Volt managed a “Good” rating. Crash tests also found the Tesla Model S P100D to be slightly too heavy for its own roof, which could become a concern if the event of a rollover crash, according to Road & Track. Not likely, but no impossible, either.
It’s shocking since the Tesla Model S was once considered the safest car on the road in America, a title it claimed nearly four years ago. Tesla responded to the crash tests stating it was working on updates to address the small overlap test, in which it expects to be raised from “Acceptable”, to “Good”.