Tesla Model Y Awarded IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ for 2023 [VIDEO]

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced new 2023 requirements for its “Top Safety Pick” and “Top Safety Pick+” awards in a press release on Thursday. While many vehicles were booted from the ranking, Tesla’s Model Y remained despite a range of new testing procedures and stricter guidelines.

The Model Y earned the IIHS’s highest safety award last year with a Top Safety Pick+ rating, though the automaker’s Model 3 and Model S are not listed under the new requirements.

On Twitter, the IIHS pointed out that one of the tightened requirements includes good or acceptable ratings from the organization’s new updated side crash test. Tesla’s Model Y earned a “Good” rating in this category.

The Tesla Model Y also earned Good ratings in almost every testing category. The only exceptions were “Acceptable” ratings in the seatbelts and child restraints’ latch ease-of-use category, and for certain trims in the headlights category. It did not receive any “Marginal” or “Poor” ratings in any categories.

Additionally, the tests include “Basic,” “Advanced,” and “Superior” criteria for three front crash prevention categories, and Model Y earned a Superior rating in all of them.

You can see the IIHS’s video detailing the updated test requirements for Top Safety Picks below.

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