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Published on May 25th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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2013 Nissan Leaf Achieves Best Safety Rating From IIHS



As I just wrote a couple hours ago, the Nissan Leaf is on a roll. One of the latest pieces of good news is that it is one. damn. safe. car. Not convinced? Read the following EV Obsession post.

Here’s some more good Nissan Leaf news to wrap up the weekend. The 2013 Nissan Leaf has received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Image Credit: IIHS

Image Credit: IIHS

“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,” Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing, noted. “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.”

Four different passenger safety tests were performed in order to rate the car — front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests.



Nissan adds:

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.

Thanks to Michael Graham Richard of TreeHugger for the find.

Along with this good news, a UK police force recently ordered 30 Nissan Leafs, the UK’s largest Nissan Leaf order to date; the Nissan leaf got a standout fuel economy and range rating from the US EPA; the Leaf was 2nd in sales (amongst all cars) in Norway in April; Leaf sales also surged in the US; and US and UK Leaf prices dropped considerably following the start of manufacturing in those countries. Nissan, and especially the Nissan Leaf crew, has a lot to be happy about.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jhildenminton James Hilden-Minton

    Is there anything particular about Leaf being an EV that enhances safety?

    • Turbofroggy

      Yes, it does not have dangerous explosive flammable gasoline onboard. A gasoline powered vehicle burns up every 96 seconds in the US, damaging property and killing people in fiery accidents. ZERO pure electric powered vehicles have caught fire in the hands of a consumer, zero. The other thing is that the Leaf has a very low center of gravity due to the battery pack as well as stability control which can prevent accidents with quick avoidance. An EV drivetrain can also help avoid accidents by having instant response, allowing you to move quickly without having to rev-up and engine or shift down, this can also avoid an accident.

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