Two electric cars, the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 failed to notch good ratings in recent crash tests. In the small overlap front crash test, the Tesla’s safety belt didn’t prevent the dummy’s head from hitting the steering wheel through the airbag. The IIHS also noted a possible leg injury in that test. While, the roof strength is no different from the rest of the Model S line-up, which are rated “good,” but the weight of its big battery puts more stress on the structure while shiny-side-down.
Finally, its headlamps also got a “poor” rating from the IIHS. The BMW i3’s biggest shortcoming highlighted was in its head restraints. In a rear-end collision, it only got an “acceptable” rating, which puts occupants at a greater risk of a neck injury. The IIHS laments that the i3 is the only vehicle in the small car category that doesn’t get a “good” rating in this test. The i3’s headlamps also missed the mark, as the only option gets an “acceptable” rating.