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25 July 2017

Tesla Model S Wins Back Consumer Reports Top Safety Ranking


Tesla Model S Wins Back Consumer Reports Top Safety Ranking


Consumer Reports has officially reinstated the Tesla Model S to it top safety rating ranking for fixing its emergency braking system.

The consumer safety magazine had taken the Model S off that list in April after reviewing the vehicle and finding that Tesla’s software update for the automotive emergency braking (AEB) wasn’t adequate.

The latest upgrade includes the AEB system kicking in at highway speeds, Consumer Reports said.

By late April, the electric carmaker had committed to solve the problem through over-the-air updates. It took until July for Tesla to start the upgrade, and the magazine has been satisfied with the results.

The previous update activated the emergency braking up to 28 miles per hour. That was far lower than speeds Tesla drivers usually reach – up to 90 mph for the earlier AEB on older Tesla vehicles.

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The magazine reported that the Tesla Model X also regained some points with the safety upgrade. It wasn’t enough to lift the electric SUV very much in its category, where it resides near the bottom.

The consumer magazine said the company lost its top ranking in the ultra-luxury car segment for failing to keep its word. Tesla had committed to including the features as standard equipment.

“We believe it would be morally wrong and counterproductive to our goal of improving consumer safety to release features before they’re ready, and we believe our customers appreciate that,” the company said in an April statement.

Tesla lost out on bragging rights for the extra points added to overall scores. Reaching high safety marks by the publication and the federal safety rating agency have been ever present in Tesla’s marketing campaigns.

Reuters



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