• 2013 Tesla Model S crash test by NHTSA (Image: crashnet1 Youtube screen grab)

    Small and startup companies often resort to attention-getting publicity to further their causes. Occasionally they get their wrist slapped for overreaching. And that's what happened to Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] yesterday. In a statement both on its website and the site, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a rare counter to a Tesla press release that had touted the uniformly five-star safety ratings of its Model S electric sport sedan. In its very first paragraph, Tesla's Monday release said: NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels...

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