Tesla has incorporated additional safety features in the refreshed Model 3, including an “Active Hood” designed to enhance protection in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. This information is outlined in the Model 3 owner's manual in markets where the updated vehicle is currently available.
In the case of a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist, Tesla explains that the Active Hood feature causes the car's hood to pop up, aiming to reduce the risk of serious injury. Following the deployment of this feature, drivers receive an immediate touchscreen alert and a collision chime. Tesla advises Model 3 owners to promptly bring their vehicles to a service center after the Active Hood has been activated.
The owner's manual details that multiple sensors at the front of the Model 3 detect impacts with pedestrians when the vehicle is moving at speeds between approximately 30 and 52 km/h. The rear portion of the hood is automatically raised by about 80 mm, increasing the space between the hood and the components beneath it to lower the risk of injuries.
Tesla emphasizes that the Active Hood system relies on sensors and algorithms to determine when to deploy. While designed for pedestrian collisions, the system may deploy in other scenarios, such as collisions with animals or other vehicles, and may not deploy in certain pedestrian incidents.
Previously available in the Tesla Model S and X, and limited to specific regions as indicated in European owner's manuals, the Active Hood feature is not included in the pre-refresh Model 3 and is absent from the U.S. owner's manual.
In addition to the Active Hood feature, the refreshed Model 3 boasts other safety enhancements, including double dampeners on the trunk and metal hooks to maintain door alignment in the event of a crash.
The recently recognized Tesla Model 3 “Highland” was named the best car in Norway. While deliveries of the redesigned vehicle have commenced in Europe, Asia, and other regions, it is expected to become available in North America in early 2024.
The Model 3 Highland has quite a few active/passive safety and comfort improvements:
1. Double powered dampeners on the trunk
2. Metal hooks on the doors. Keeps them aligned in a crash
3. Active hood for additional pedestrian protection in case of a crash.
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