Proving that electric vehicle drivers don’t need to sacrifice convenience OR safety, the 2013 Nissan Leaf has just been named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In order to earn this honor, vehicles must undergo rigorous crash testing and prove that their construction, restraint systems, and safety systems are top notch and able to maximize occupant safety.
Features like the Leaf’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental airbags, child seat upper tether and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), and Vehicle Dynamic & Traction Control Systems are all standard and provide maximum protection for all passengers.
Achieving the Institute’s highest ranking of “Good” in Moderate Front Overlap, Side Impact, Roof Strength, and Rear (Dynamic & Seat/Head Restraint Geometry) Crash tests, the 2013 Leaf has all the angels covered… literally.
“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,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. “The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan LEAF provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive package.”