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2012 Nissan Leaf EV Gets Five-Star NHTSA Crash Rating - VIDEO ENHANCED

2012 Nissan Leaf EV Crash Test (Photo-NHTSA)

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WASHINGTON, DC - July 25, 2011: The AIADA newsletter reported that Nissan Motor Co.'s EV, Nissan Leaf earned a five-star overall rating from government safety regulators Monday according to a story in the Detroit News

The report states that the Leaf won the rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program. The vehicle got four stars for frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars for side crashes. Overall, it was awarded five stars. The Leaf has also been named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Watch the IIHS crash test video

"The Nissan Leaf is the first all-electric vehicle to achieve five-star overall for safety," noted Brian Carolin, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Nissan North America Inc. "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 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, three-point seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, and a child seat upper tether anchor. Vehicle dynamic control and traction control are standard on all Leaf models.

For more on the Nissan Leaf and other EV's see EV-MOTORING.COM

Watch the Euro NCAP crash test results for the Leaf