Tesla Model Y fails safety testsAugust 16, 2020
The recent crash of a new electric car revealed flaws not only in the Model Y’s seat design, but also in the testing system in general.
Currently, there is a so-called NHTSA Automotive Safety Center in the United States, which is responsible for car manufacturers’ compliance with safety regulations, their environmental friendliness, and also conducts various tests of new models. The problem of this organization is that many of its standards were developed in the middle of the last century and do not take into account modern realities.
In this case, we will talk about the standard under the index FMVSS 207. It was formulated in 1966 for the seats of cars that do not have seat belts. It is this standard that automakers in the United States are still guided by. So, FMVSS 207 assumes only a static load on the seat back in three planes. With today’s speeds and the fact that a major accident can occur in a split second, this standard is outdated and needs to be adjusted.
Recently, Tesla’s newest Model Y electric car was involved in an accident when a truck drove into the rear of it. The driver’s seat could not withstand the load, which led to a number of injuries to passengers in the car. In other words, with a strong impact from behind, the front passenger or driver is simply thrown up and back – this effect was compared by American experts to a catapult. All Tesla’s electric vehicles are FVMSS 207 compliant, a study by a safety expert found, but NHTSA officials don’t seem to care much.
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