2013 Nissan LEAF Scores Fewer Stars In NHTSA Crash Tests Than 2012 Model (w/video)

MAY 9 2013 BY MARK KANE 1

2013 Nissan LEAF Scores Lower In Safety Than The Previous Year's Model

2013 Nissan LEAF Scores Lower In Safety Than The Previous Year’s Model

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the new US-made 2013 Nissan LEAF only four stars, despite the previous generation (2011-2012) receiving five.

2011-2013 Nissan LEAF NHSTA Safety Ratings

2011-2013 Nissan LEAF NHSTA Safety Ratings

Looking at the SafeCar webisite, the reason seems to be from weaker protection of female passengers in front and side crash (only 3 stars in these cases) that wasn’t offset enough by better driver protection (5 stars).

2013 Nissan LEAF Cross Section

2013 Nissan LEAF Cross Section

It is hard to say what caused the lower safety rating specifically because new LEAF which is produced at Smyrna, TN isn’t much different from the original 2011 and 2012 models made in Oppama, Japan.

Potentialy it could be affected by the 2013’s weight reduction and drivetrain integration under the hood.

Earlier this week, the 2013 LEAF still collected the “Top Safety Pick” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

 

Video of the 2013 Nissan NHSTA LEAF crash tests:

SafeCar.gov

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David

Did anyone ever figure out why the ratings drop? Did NHTSA or Nissan ever release a statement?

Seems that if it were a minor change that caused it, Nissan would attempt to improve it. I was under the impression that it was still 5 star rated. Maybe Nissan is purposely dragging its feet and trying not to bring attention to the new lower rating.