Tesla is desperate for an IIHS Top Safety Pick +, but the American manufacturer will have to go back to drawing board after improvements made in the wake of its 2016 testing failed to yield the coveted designation this year.
The seat belt was once again the problem in this second round of tests. It is important to mention that this does not make the Model S unsafe, but the performance of the restraint system did not earn top marks from the IIHS, and therefore kept the Top Safety Pick designation out of reach.
Tesla said it fixed the issue after the first round of testing, but it seems there is still more work to be done.
At least the automaker can take comfort in reminding itself that the NHTSA, the other American organization responsible for evaluation the safety of new vehicles on the market, has said in the past that the Model S was the safest car ever built. That’s something right?