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Experts have major safety concerns over this part of Cybertruck design

Experts have major safety concerns over this part of Cybertruck design

Some experts have highlighted the potential dangers of the pickup's stainless steel exoskeleton.

Tesla's buzzy electric pickup, the Cybertruck, has a whole lot of interesting features.

From the shatterproof windows to the fact it can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.6 seconds, you can understand why people can't stop talking about Elon Musk's latest vehicle.

But some experts have voiced concerns about the safety of the Cybertruck.

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One of it's most interesting features - the stainless steel exoskeleton that barely dents when bullets are shot at it - might be its most dangerous, experts have claimed.

While experts said they needed crash-test data to reach firm conclusions about the Cybertruck's safety, they have also raised some potential issues.

Having such a rigid exterior could limit the vehicle's crumple zone - which absorbs the impact of a crash when the car hits something.

At the delivery event at Tesla's Austin, Texas factory, Musk said: “If you're ever in an argument with another car, you will win.”

David Friedman, the former acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told Reuters: "If you're in a crash with another vehicle that has a crumple zone and your car is more stiff, then their cars are going to crush and yours is resistant."

However, George Washington University auto safety professor Samer Hamdar told Reuters other features might make up for it.

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"There might be a possibility of shock-absorbent mechanism that will limit the fact that you have a limited crumple zone," Hamdar said.

The Cybertruck's exoskeleton is so tough, Tesla CEO Musk even posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) back in 2019 that it had broken the stamping press that makes the car's panels.

Adrian Lund, the former president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), told Reuters this could be potentially hazardous for pedestrians. "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," he said.

The Cybertruck is currently being sold in North America, but there's a chance it might never be sold in Europe. Reports suggest that the vehicle's angular design doesn't meet EU regulations, and if you have a standard driving license, it might be too heavy for you to drive.


When the Cybertruck first started being delivered to customers at the end of last year, Tesla CEO Musk took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to dispute safety critiques.

He wrote: "We are highly confident that Cybertruck will be much safer per mile than other trucks, both for occupants and pedestrians."

Tesla has been contacted for comment.

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