The Tesla's Bold Claim on Car Safety

Auto maker known for electric cars scores 5 stars on NHTSA's safety test.
3:03 | 08/21/13

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Now, one of the newest cars on the market tonight is making some big claims about a break through on car safety. The company makes the pricey electric car tesla, says they have created the safest evcar ever. Could other car makers now do the same. One of the newest members of our team, betty liu gets behind the wheel. Reporter: It's a tesla x, the cutting edge car. Topping the charts for safety. It's five stars from the government, beating out every other car, minivan or suv. The secret, its maker elon musk. He's made a car that's completely unconventional. There is no engine in the front. Watch what that means in this crash test. There is a long crumple zone, a buffer, driver and passenger are safe. Very different than traditional cars like this 2011 nissan versa, a smaller vehicle with the engine in front. You can see the car crumbles, impacting the driver's seat. Nissan has made upgrads and the newest model earned four stars. The tesla costs over $70,000 and needs to be charged often but the safety designs could impact all cars. Tesla uses a unique structure where it actually layers the metal that allows it to absorb the energy. Hopefully in ten years if things go really well, something close to a majority of new cars made will be electric. Reporter: For a guy who is used to turning dreams into a reality, the dream of a safer ride may now be a lot closer to reality. Betty liu in new york.

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