The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had already given out a Top Safety Pick rating to the Nissan LEAF electric car in 2011 and 2012, but you can never be too safe, and since Nissan has made a few changes to the 2013 model, the institute re-tested it. Not surprisingly - but we're not looking for surprises when it comes to safety - the 2013 LEAF again earned a Top Safety Pick ribbon.
Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing, commented:
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. 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.
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.