Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S recently received an unprecedented safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, outperforming every sedan, SUV, and minivan ever sold in the United States. This outcome naturally prompts a new discussion: Are electric cars, in general, safer? Or is this all a result of Tesla's operational feats?

In the following video, Fool contributor Daniel Sparks gives credit to Tesla's team of engineers, but he also proposes that the results may be a sign that electric cars have greater potential when it comes to safety.

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