SUVs are generally safe, but have a high rollover probability. Tesla was able to overcome this obstacle with their Model X SUV. Here's how they did it.

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Narrator: This Tesla Model X refuses to roll over. Unlike most SUVs which tend to roll over with ease, the Model X continues to return to an upright position. Here's why the Model X was the first SUV to receive a perfect crash test rating. When it comes to vehicle safety, size matters. So it's not uncommon for SUVs to be generally safer than your standard sedan. However, they tend to have one big shortcoming. Rollovers.

SUVs are notorious for having a high center of gravity causing them to roll over when put into tight maneuvering situations, or a side impact. Rollovers can result in the partial or full ejection of passengers from the vehicle, increasing the chances of injury or death. In 2016, rollovers happened in one percent of serious crashes in passenger vehicles but accounted for one-third of collision-related deaths. 

Over the past three decades, automakers have been able to reduce the frequency of rollovers in vehicles with technology and more stable designs. However, once a serious impact occurs it's just basic physics. A higher center of gravity increases the likelihood of a car tipping or rolling over.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA is the only organization that tests rollover resistance. They also test frontal crashes and side impacts from a pole and barrier. After each test, they measure readings from a dummy to determine how much damage a real person is likely to sustain. They use this data to determine a safety rating in each category and an overall safety rating for the vehicle.

Amongst its many luxury features, the Model X hosts active safety technology such as collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking. But what sets the Model X apart is its design. Like other Teslas, the Model X has a large, rigid battery pack located on the floor of the vehicle. This gives the Model X a much lower center of gravity than your average SUV. In the event of a collision that would normally cause an SUV to roll over, this would happen instead.

But rollovers are just one aspect of the safety test. Since the Model X is an electric vehicle, there's no need for mechanical components in the hood of the car. This allows for a much larger crumple zone to absorb energy from a frontal crash. It also has specially-made side sills that absorb energy in addition to its rigid side pillars. These features help reduce the force exerted on passengers and increases their protection. But if you don't have $80,000 laying around for a Model X there’s still plenty of SUVs out there with excellent safety ratings.


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Why Tesla's Model X Was The First SUV To Receive A Perfect Crash Test Rating


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      Door Stuck!


      about 17 hours ago
    • XXtryharderXX

      It has a van shoe in it

      about 20 hours ago
    • PGPlayz

      Maybe it's because the Tesla Model X looks more like a sedan and it's about the same distance from the ground as a sedan.

      about 1 day ago
    • Mc 0H
      Mc 0H

      GTA 5 cars

      about 1 day ago
    • Doctor. Moe
      Doctor. Moe

      Its because there are Vans in the car

      about 1 day ago
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      about 1 day ago
    • Daniel Ko
      Daniel Ko

      Parents: This would be a nice first car for our son! (Checks the price) Honda Civic would do just fine.

      about 1 day ago
    • Mark Fleshtor
      Mark Fleshtor

      And now i think , is what happening with Tesla Roadster 2020 ?!

      about 1 day ago
    • Mark Fleshtor
      Mark Fleshtor In reply to Mark Fleshtor

      On top of speed

      about 1 day ago
    • Ethan Li Gaming
      Ethan Li Gaming

      yeah but model x has a very low clearance which is why it's hard for them to roll over. the clearance is like a normal car so when it snows the model x has a harder time than most SUV's

      about 1 day ago
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      ...but we're not going to tell you what those SUV's are...

      about 1 day ago
    • 지나가는시민

      2:12 good designal

      about 1 day ago
    • TwistedClown912

      0:27 Deja Vu

      about 1 day ago
    • Joshua

      What about the model Y

      about 2 days ago
    • alex Barra
      alex Barra

      2:28 in the hood (my nigg*!).

      about 2 days ago
    • Nate Terry Ramsey
      Nate Terry Ramsey


      about 2 days ago
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      Snappy xd

      rip maney

      about 2 days ago
    • Ryvucz

      Let's just replay the same clips
      to make the video as long as possible with ramblings.

      about 2 days ago
    • snow ronald26
      snow ronald26

      Until the battery pack bursts and the car burns for two days.

      about 2 days ago
    • Miguel lopez
      Miguel lopez In reply to snow ronald26

      if a car burns for 2 days that makes it a low intensity fire = less dangerous.

      about 2 days ago
    • Jyo

      This video has much less content than i anticipated

      about 2 days ago
    • GunScott HDgaming
      GunScott HDgaming

      *Its not perfect when the computer starts malfunctioning*

      about 2 days ago
    • mr evergreen
      mr evergreen

      Just another reason to add to the bucket of why Tesla’s are pretty amazing cars..

      about 2 days ago
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      F for all the cars

      about 2 days ago
    • ThiccMan


      about 3 days ago
    • Marc Frank
      Marc Frank

      if it wasn't on sand it would still roll over

      about 3 days ago
    • No More Flat Earth
      No More Flat Earth

      Fake. This is gta footage

      about 3 days ago
    • sanjinred

      But what happens when it flips? Cause it CAN flip, how do the backdoors cope this

      about 3 days ago

      The car from GTA.

      about 3 days ago
    • Definitely Not a Birb
      Definitely Not a Birb

      Wow gta physics are real

      about 3 days ago
    • Nick Sazlan
      Nick Sazlan

      just hit dislike button.

      about 3 days ago
    • GlockPhone

      Huge batteries

      about 3 days ago