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Tesla's claim that its Model S received a record-breaking safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is raising a few eyebrows, with some critics (including NHTSA) claiming the automaker is bending numbers to make its all-electric sedan look like the safest car on the road. Tesla's Model S did indeed achieve a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. Nobody is debating that. But here's the rub: Tesla is claiming to have actually exceeded the 5-star mark.