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Tesla Cybertruck's Crash Test Rating Status Clarified by NHTSA and IIHS

Tesla has internally crash tested the Cybertruck to comply with federal safety standards, allowing deliveries to customers. However, official crash test ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS are still pending.

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Cybertruck's Status with the NHTSA

The NHTSA does not directly "approve" new vehicles, but sets performance requirements that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Manufacturers self-certify compliance when conducting internal crash testing. Some vehicles are directly crash tested by the NHTSA, but the Cybertruck is not one of those vehicles, at least not yet.

According to a 2020 Consumer Reports study, "97 percent of all new vehicles sold are crash-test rated by one or both of the independent organizations." However, the Cybertruck's preliminary safety ratings in the NHTSA database do not include specific crash test ratings, only safety features like collision warning and brake support systems that meet performance criteria.

The Cybertruck is also not on the NHTSA's 2024 list for five-star safety rating tests. This means official NHTSA ratings will have to wait until the agency directly tests the truck, which it clarified plans to do so on Monday.

Cybertruck's Status with the IIHS

The IIHS also has no current plans to test the Cybertruck. Spokesperson Joe Young said automakers perform their own crash tests for federal compliance and internal purposes. He noted that regardless of IIHS or NHTSA testing, vehicles still need to meet federal motor vehicle safety standards with certain crash test criteria, which the Cybertruck has reportedly done.

Young added that the IIHS may test the Cybertruck in the future depending on consumer interest levels. Tesla could also nominate the truck for expedited IIHS testing. However, as a new model, the Cybertruck does not currently qualify for the IIHS's verification test program that accepts manufacturer data.

"It's possible it could be eligible for a verification rating in one or more of our other tests, but that would be at the discretion of our crashworthiness team," said Young.

12 Ara 2023 - 16:29 - Today's Cars

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