NHTSA gives Nissan Leaf the five-star safety rating

I really don’t if the customers pay too much attention on safety when talking about an electric vehicle but today we get once again the proof that the eco-friendly vehicles are one of the safest cars you can get. The Japanese model from Nissan is one of the best-selling in its segment in a big rivalry with the American Chevrolet Volt.

Nissan Leaf crash test

Nissan Leaf crash test

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided to test the 2011 Nissan Leaf and analyze the results in order to see if the meets all the safety requirements. Even the American institute has tightened the tests, Nissan Leaf managed to obtain the maximum five-star safety rating after few months ago, the Japanese model obtained the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

“The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric vehicle to achieve 5-star overall for safety,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “Not only is the LEAF the most innovative car on the planet, it is also one of the safest.”

If you are wondering how the fully electric car managed to obtain such a good score, you might want to know that if features a bunch of innovative technologies able to return improved results over the standard equipment. From the list we can mention the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with front air bags, side air bags, a roof-mounted curtain and of course rear protection air bags.

Nissan Leaf crash test

Nissan Leaf crash test

Other noteworthy features include the 3-point Automatic Locking Retractor and Emergency Locking Retractor seat belts, Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control systems offered as standard, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system and a lot more.

The 2012 model year Nissan Leaf comes with few equipment upgrades such as a quick charging system able to provide a faster charge while the base price remains around the same at $35,200.

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