Skip to main content

Tesla promises to implement safety changes after Redditor totals a Model 3

One of the first Tesla Model 3 owners crash-tested the car before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) got its hands on it. He’s alive and well, and it sounds like he’d give Tesla’s long-awaited entry-level model a five-star safety rating, but he made important suggestions Tesla quickly promised to implement.

Reddit user Model_3_Crash_Dummy posted several photos of a totaled Model 3 beached across a median, surrounded by debris, after a high-speed accident. The circumstances leading to the crash remain vague. The Redditor explained he can’t provide too many details because he is still working on a settlement with the insurance company.

Leftlane News reports the Model 3 slammed into a parked car at about 60 mph. We believe it. The impact left the car’s front end mangled beyond recognition, pushing parts of the body normally found right behind the front bumper into the wheelbase area. Surprisingly, and to Tesla’s credit, the cabin looks intact. The a-pillars didn’t buckle and the doors still open.

The driver and the front passenger escaped with minor injuries. In the original post, Model_3_Crash_Dummy wrote his right ankle began swelling after his foot hit the accelerator pedal. His passenger suffered bad cuts on her arm when the massive screen on the Model 3’s dashboard shattered. The Model 3 performed well, all things considered, but the accident brought safety hazards to light.

Step inside a Model 3 and you’ll notice the television-sized screen replaces every button, switch, dial, and knob normally found in a car’s cabin – including the glove box latch. With the unit broken, the owner couldn’t open the glove box to retrieve the car’s registration and insurance information. He also argued the cut on his passenger’s arm could have been avoided. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has already promised a fix.

“Adding software feature to open glove box automatically when car comes to a stop after a crash. Will look at bonding a thin plastic sheet to the front or back of screen,” he wrote on Twitter. Tesla can likely activate the first feature via an over-the-air software update.

“I love Tesla and already ordered a Model 3. Had this been a different car I would more than likely be dead,” the Redditor concluded. It’s unclear whether Tesla will give him preferential treatment and replace the car in a timely manner or send him to the back of the line.

Editors' Recommendations

Ronan Glon
Ronan Glon is an American automotive and tech journalist based in southern France. As a long-time contributor to Digital…
Apple’s rumored car could cost the same as a Tesla Model S
Apple Car rendering from Vanarama.

Rumors have been swirling around for years regarding Apple’s plans for an electric, self-driving car.

The latest report, which arrived on Tuesday via a usually reliable source, suggests Apple has scaled back its plan for an autonomous car, with some elements yet to be agreed upon.

Read more
Tesla’s Model 3 is reportedly heading for a redesign
A Tesla Model 3 electric car.

Tesla is currently working on a redesign of the Model 3 in a bid to help the automaker reduce production costs, a new report claims.

Codenamed “Highland,” the project to revamp the Model 3 would cut the complexity and number of components inside Tesla’s electric car, four people claiming to have knowledge of the matter told Reuters this week. Changes to the Model 3’s exterior and powertrain performance are also possible, the report said.

Read more
Sporty Polestar 3 SUV is an EV guiding star
Front three quarter view of the Polestar 3.

For Volvo’s EV-focused Polestar spinoff brand, the third time really is the charm.
The brand’s first model, the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe, was built in low volumes and still had a combustion engine. The current Polestar 2 is a derivative of the Volvo C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge. With the Polestar 3, the brand is really finding its footing.
Scheduled to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2023, the Polestar 3 is the brand’s first SUV, and while it still shares much hardware and software with parent Volvo, it’s next-generation tech that’s blended with a unique design aesthetic and a greater emphasis on performance.

Where the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 recycled styling from old Volvo concept cars, the five-seat Polestar 3 debuts a new brand-specific design language. The scrunched-up “face” and minimal air-intake opening advertise the 3’s electric powertrain, while the pinched rear side glass gives it a more streamlined appearance than other SUVs — particularly those of parent Volvo. The headlights look like an enlarged version of the “Thor’s Hammer” LED elements from current Volvos, however.
While not officially confirmed, the Polestar 3 is expected to be twinned with the Volvo EX90, the parent brand’s upcoming all-electric flagship SUV. Both are expected to use Volvo’s SPA2 platform, a successor to the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform underpinning most current Volvo models.
Because eliminating tailpipe emissions doesn’t totally erase a vehicle’s environmental impact, Polestar also emphasized sustainable materials, such as wool upholstery that, the automaker claims, can be certified as sustainably produced. Polestar also plans to conduct a lifecycle assessment of the 3’s environmental impact when production starts, and follow up with additional assessments through the production run to look for ways of reducing its carbon footprint.

Read more