2014 Tesla Model S Retains Five-Star Federal Safety Rating During Probe


  • 2013 Tesla Model S Picture

    2013 Tesla Model S Picture

    The 2014 Tesla Model S retains its five-star safety rating, as federal safety regulators investigate two fires that occurred when drivers struck metal debris. | December 26, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Tesla Model S five-star federal safety rating is reaffirmed for the new model year, as federal safety regulators continue an investigation into the car.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a review of the Model S last month after two fires that occurred when drivers struck metal debris.
  • "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reaffirmed the five-star safety rating of the Tesla Model S overall and in all subcategories for the model year 2014, confirming the highest safety rating in America," the company said in a statement e-mailed to Edmunds earlier this week.

PALO ALTO, California — The 2014 Tesla Model S five-star federal safety rating is reaffirmed for the new model year, as federal safety regulators continue an investigation into the car, Tesla said in a statement.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a review of the Model S last month after two fires that occurred when drivers struck metal debris.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reaffirmed the five-star safety rating of the Tesla Model S overall and in all subcategories for the model year 2014, confirming the highest safety rating in America," the company said in a statement e-mailed to Edmunds earlier this week.

"While Tesla is awaiting feedback from NHTSA regarding their investigation of recent fire incidents, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, recently concluded its review of the incidents, finding no manufacturer-related defects or need for further action."

Tesla's response to federal safety regulators is due on January 14. NHTSA has not spelled out when it will complete its investigation of the Model S.

The Model S earned the highest rating for crashworthiness, scoring the top rating in all categories.

Edmunds says: Some reassuring words from Tesla and the feds for anyone considering the 2014 Tesla Model S.

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