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Does The Tesla Model Y Rear Bumper Comply With FMVSS 581? Do Any Cars?
After a reader’s suggestion, our investigation pointed to a worrying situation.
Our articles often find the attention of very qualified readers. And for that, we are grateful. You may remember that with our texts on the Tesla Model Y castings, we received fantastic clarifications from the very people that visit InsideEVs. A new case, also surrounding the Model Y, proved that our readers continue to be very helpful. This time, it is related to the possible design flaw that makes the rear hatch more exposed to damage.
Lloyd Marcum reminded us of an essential component in all this discussion: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, also known as FMVSS. There is one specific to bumpers. It came to existence as 215, back on April 9, 1971, and became the current FMVSS 581.
Marcum gave us a lesson on these standards and mentioned this:
“When bumper standards were first initiated and then revised, the standard became that it had to withstand a 2.5 mph flat collision without damage to the sheet metal. I doubt that the Model Y rear bumper can meet that challenge and will need to be revised. Someone needs to test compliance with these standards.”
Who evaluates that? That was what we tried to discover besides whether or not the most affordable Tesla SUV passed these tests.
Gallery: Check The First Images Of A Tesla Model Y Rear Hatch Dent