Outside of what the advertisers may tell you, how do you know, for certain, that a vehicle is safe for both its driver and passengers? Easy. See how it rates with the highly-regarded independent, nonprofit organization – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Through comprehensive research and data-based studies, this scientific and educational organization determines the crashworthiness (how well a vehicle is able to protect the driver and passengers during a crash) of new cars on the market and announces its findings. Vehicles earn the rating of Good (the top rating), Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor on performance in different tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, rollover, and rear.
What Nissan car in Boston won the highly-coveted 2013 IIHS designation as the “Top Safety Pick” in passenger safety tests? None other than the Nissan Leaf.
There are several reasons the 2013 Nissan Leaf ranked so high in IIHS’s safety tests, as their report notes. For starters, the vehicle has a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS); this system includes dual-stage front air bags with seatbelt sensors and an occupant classification sensors, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, and roof-mounted side-curtain air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
For the children, Nissan designed an upper tether anchor on its child seat and a Lower Anchors and Tethers (LATCH) system, as well as child safety rear door locks. Standard on all LEAF models are the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and the Traction Control System (TCS).
Inside the 2013 Nissan Leaf, Boston residents can find a lot to love. From safety to fuel efficiency, Leaf is an electric that is changing the game. Discover why with this video, or visit a dealership today!