The Nissan Leaf is Apparently No Longer Very Safe

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And we're sure everyone is just going to cry about it.

Cars are tested routinely for safety in a number of different types of crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is known for its rigorous set of tests, and automakers often don't like the results. In the case of the Nissan Leaf, well, let's just say that it's no longer the safest little EV you can buy. Consumer Reports has just withdrawn its recommendation of the Nissan Leaf in light of it scoring a Poor rating in the small overlap front crash test.


Apparently, the Leaf "experienced 16 inches of intrusion into the lower passenger compartment as a result of the crash." In other words, the instrument panel, parking brake pedal, and steering column were all pushed back toward the driver. That right there increases the risk for significant injuries. The crash test was conducted at 40 mph, and just 25 percent of the car's front was subjected to crash forces. This apparently best simulates a real world accident.

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