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Tesla Model 3 loses 'top pick' rating from Consumer Reports, IIHS

Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States decided to downgrade the safety rating of Tesla Inc.'s Model 3 after changes made to its sensors. The automaker decided to replace Model 3's radar sensors with Tesla Vision, a camera-based system, and stated that, due to the change, the cars "may be delivered with some features temporarily limited or inactive." The IIHS warned these features could include forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB).

"If a driver thinks their vehicle has a safety feature and it doesn’t, that fundamentally changes the safety profile of the vehicle," said David Friedman, VP of advocacy for Consumer Reports. "It might not be there when they think it would save their lives." Consumer Reports will no longer list the Model 3 as a Top Pick, while the IIHS plans to remove the vehicle’s Top Safety Pick+ designation.

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