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Model X Safest SUV Ever

By TheCarzingTeam February 21, 2019 | Car Buying Tips

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The Tesla Model X is the safest SUV ever.

The Model X was the first car to ever receive a perfect safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and has the third lowest injury probability of any car in history, outclassed only by its siblings the Tesla Model S and the Tesla Model 3.

How did the Model X reach this landmark achievement? Tesla’s extensive investment into safety technology has certainly pushed the industry forward and made the Model X what it is however, even more critical to its safety rating is its fundamental design. Having a battery pack localize most of the weight on the floor of the vehicle means that the Model X has a significantly lower center of gravity than any other SUV, a fact that makes it extremely unlikely to tilt or rollover, an issue that faces other SUVs especially due to their high centers of gravity.

SUVs have a high center of gravity. It’s a by-product of the very same features that make an SUV an SUV. This makes them extremely susceptible to rollovers. SUVs, by virtue of their size, are generally far safer than their sedan peers, yet this rollover tendency still proves a huge factor in crash safety. Though rollovers are rare, occurring in only about one percent of serious crashes, they are highly deadly, accounting for almost a third of all collision-related deaths. Other SUV manufacturers have made strides in reducing rollovers but none even compares to what Tesla has managed to achieve with the Model X.

It is the single most rollover resistant SUV in production. It’s low center of gravity is critical to that, yet it is by no means the only thing that makes the Model X the safest SUV of all time. Like it’s siblings the Model S and the Model 3, it has no front engine, but rather a space devoid of the hard mechanical parts a gas-powered vehicle would have lying beneath the hood. That fact effectively means that these vehicles have a front crumple zone unparalleled by any gas-powered vehicle in its ability to absorb impact energy. The rigid bodies of the Tesla vehicles and their specially designed side sills mean that impacts from the side are far less dangerous than in a traditional car.

Safety Features:

 

Anti-lock brakes

ABS brakes automatically sense when a tire has stopped rotating under extreme braking, and will modulate the brake pressure to allow the tire to rotate. This increases the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking.

Stability control

Stability control automatically senses when the vehicles handling limits have been exceeded and reduces engine power and/or applies select brakes to help prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle.

Front-impact airbags

Front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger have been designed to protect the head during a frontal crash.

Side impact airbags

Side impact airbags for the front and rear seats have been designed to protect the torso during a side impact collision.

Overhead airbags

Overhead airbags are used to protect the occupant’s heads in the event of a side collision or rollover.

Knee airbags

Knee airbags help to protect the occupants lower extremities from serious injury in the event of an accident.

Pretensioners

Seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten seatbelts to place the occupant in the optimal seating position during a collision.

Security system

The vehicle is equipped with a means of anticipating and/or detecting unwanted vehicle intrusion. The vehicle is equipped with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used.

On top of all of these design features, the Model X and Tesla vehicles generally, host some of the most sophisticated active safety technology in the industry. Collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking allow the Model X and Tesla vehicles to avoid otherwise certain accidents and to keep you, your family, and those you share the road with safe better than any other cars.

We are seeing a golden age in car safety technology and as Tesla continues to push the envelope, they will continue to be the best cars on the market to protect you and yours.

Recalls for 2017 Model X
2 Recalls for 2017 TESLA MODEL X P100D
October 12, 2017 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 17V639000
Second Row Seat Backs may Move in a Crash
If the seat back moves forward in the event of a crash, it can increase the risk of injury.
April 19, 2017 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 17V260000
Parking Brake may not Release or Fully Apply
If the gear breaks during parking brake release, the vehicle will not be able to be moved. If the gear breaks during parking brake application, the parking brake may not adequately hold the vehicle, potentially resulting in the vehicle rolling, increasing the risk of a crash.

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