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Tesla’s new Model S fails to qualify for a top safety award

Tesla Motors Inc.’s new Model S luxury sedans may not be quite as safe as some believe, particularly in a frontal crash, according to tests conducted by an independent safety test organization. At least not yet.

For cars to received the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), they must receive “good” grades on all five of IIHS’s crashworthiness tests. But the Model S cars built after October 2016 earned “good” ratings on four evaluations–moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints–but managed only an “acceptable” rating on the small overlap front crash test.

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