By Chris Isidore @CNNMoneyAugust 8, 2013: 11:55 AM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
The Tesla Model S just got another rave review, this one from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash test.
NHTSA gave the Model S its top five-star rating for each safety category -- front-end crash, side crash and rollover crash. NHTSA had not previously tested the Model S, which came out last year, or Tesla's other model, the Tesla Roadster.
While triple 5-star ratings are not rare, there are plenty of models that do not get that top score. And the ratings are a particularly impressive accomplishment for a new automaker that has not had years of vehicle designs and safety measures to fall back on.
Tesla Motors(TSLA) was not available for an immediate comment on the rating.