Safety professionals weigh in on Tesla’s Cybertruck

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Michael Brooks, the Center for Auto Safety’s executive director, told Repairer Driven News that the Cybertruck poses numerous possible threats to pedestrians.

“… The ultra-hard cold-rolled stainless steel used in the CyberTruck results in a vehicle body that we believe is much less forgiving than other modern vehicles, and the force of the impact with CyberTruck surfaces will be transferred to pedestrians to a greater extent than it would be in vehicles built to absorb energy on impact.”

By Michelle Thompson
December 12, 2023

Safety concerns related to Tesla’s Cybertruck have arisen, with some industry members saying that the vehicle’s angular design and stainless steel body could pose danger to other road users.

Reuters report released last week included interviews with six safety professionals who shared opinions on whether the truck, which entered production this month, would cause excessive damage or harm to others in the event of a collision.

“The big problem there is if they really make the skin of the vehicle very stiff by using thick stainless steel, then when people hit their heads on it, it’s going to cause more damage to them,” Adrian Lund, former Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) president, told the outlet.

However, an IIHS spokesman told Repairer Driven News that such worries could be premature.

“IIHS hasn’t evaluated the Cybertruck,” Russ Radar said. “The discussions we’ve seen so far appear to be based on speculation.

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