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Tesla may be less safe than other large cars

Car enthusiasts in New York may be surprised to know that the Tesla Model S may not be as safe as several other large and large luxury cars that are available on the market. In July 2017, it was reported that the Toyota Avalon, the Lincoln Continental and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan were the recipients of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick Plus designations. During tests for crashworthiness, the Model S fell short, casting doubt over the automaker's claims that the Tesla is the safest car in history.

The IIHS is a non-profit organization that is funded by auto insurers. The crash tests are designed to measure a vehicle's response in the event of a collision. Each vehicle must pass five different safety tests, earn a high rating for front crash prevention and have a "good" or "acceptable" headlight rating to qualify for the top safety designation.

In Tesla's case, an IIHS vice president says that the Model S's safety belt is not strong enough because it allows the test dummy's head to collide with the car's steering wheel during a certain type of crash. In response, the automaker has indicated that developments are underway that will result in safer Tesla automobiles down the road.

Some New York motorists may choose a designated Top Safety Pick Plus vehicle the next time that they purchase a new car. However, high safety ratings alone may not be enough to prevent serious car crashes with catastrophic injuries from occurring. A motorist who is injured in a crash due to the negligence of another driver might want to meet with an attorney to see how best to seek appropriate compensation.

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