"Only one among a dozen small cars earned a Good score in the latest crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS): the Mini Cooper Countryman. Four others—Fiat 500L, Mazda5, Nissan Juke, and Nissan Leaf— earned the lowest score of Poor."
"As a result, Consumer Reports will withdraw its recommendation of the Mazda5 and Nissan Leaf. (The 500L and Juke did not score high enough in our tests to be recommended.) Our long-standing criteria for recommending vehicles stipulates that a model score well in our testing, have average or better reliability, and perform adequately if included in crash tests performed by the government and/or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety."
So, on those grounds, the Nissan LEAF is no longer recommended by Consumer Reports.
As we've stated on several occasions, safety is paramount. No doubt Nissan will take action to correct the LEAF's poor result in the latest crash tests, but when will those corrective measure be put in place?
Check out our previous coverage, pictures and crash video here.
Consumer Reports concludes with the following:
"With this test, IIHS has now evaluated 32 small cars in like fashion, and it found that 19 earned a Good or Acceptable rating. The other 13 recorded a Marginal or Poor rating, underscoring the need to check safety assessments before buying."
Source: Consumer Reports