Nissan LEAF Earns 5-Star NHTSA Rating
Under the organization's revised New Car Assessment Program, the LEAF was given the top rating meaning it does a good job at protecting all those inside it in case of a crash.
said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric vehicle to achieve 5-star overall for safety,""Not only is the LEAF the most innovative car on the planet, it is also one of the safest."
Standard Nissan LEAF safety systems include Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, 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.
The announcement comes as Nissan revealed that the 2012 model year LEAF is already available to U.S. consumers, upgraded with additional standard equipment including quick charging and cold-weather features. Suggested pricing for the model is $35,200 for the SV trim level, and $37,250 for the SL trim level, with the monthly lease price starting at $369.