"Now in its third model year, the highly innovative, industry-leading Nissan LEAF pure electric vehicle added another award to its trophy case with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick" designation, which recognizes vehicles for excellent performance in four passenger safety tests."
So says Nissan.
Additionally, the LEAF scored the IIHS' highest rating of "Good" in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests.
Tons of Airbags Hidden in There Certainly Help Out
Erik Gottfried, Nissan's director of electric vehicle sales and marketing, adds this:
"Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the 'Top Safety Pick' designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle."
Loads of vehicles have been awarded "Top Safety Pick" status from the IIHS, so it's not like the LEAF is a stand-out in this regard, but it's a safe vehicle and we think that should be a priority when selecting an automobile to purchase.
According to Nissan, here are some of the features that enabled the LEAF to nab "Top Safety Pick" honors:
Standard 2013 LEAF safety systems include Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection, 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver's seat ELR only) with pretensioners and load limiters, child seat upper tether anchor, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system and child safety rear door locks. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) are also standard on all LEAF models.
IIHS Scorecard for Nissan LEAF