Over the weekend reports of a Tennessee Tesla driver who apparently drove THOUGH a utility pole (causing an electrical outage)…
A Murfreesboro Police arrest report states that officers arrived at the scene of the crash and witnessed the utility pole was down. The car was about 100-feet away from the pole. When police talked to the female about what caused the wreck she evidently told officers, “she was messing with the radio.” When Officer Martin asked for the suspects drivers license, she reportedly handed it to a fireman standing next to him, according to the report, instead of him…The young female driver possibly survived because this car has a 5-star safety rating for front, side or rollover crashes. In checking the Tesla website, they note the high-strength steel and aluminum frame contribute to its crash performance. It appeared that possibly all 8 airbags had opened, plus this is not a lightweight car–it weighs a little less than 5,000 pounds.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk emphasized how important safety was when creating the Model S in a recent shareholder discussion. Some interesting crash test videos of the Model S, showing why it gets a 5-star NHTSA safety rating are below:
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