The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) news release of April 26, 2011 gives two new electric cars, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, their highest safety ratings.
The IIHS performed crash tests on the two electric cars, the first safety tests of plug-in electric cars. The tests found that the Volt and Leaf are small but they are safe and they win the TOP SAFETY PICK award which the Institute bestows on vehicles with “state-of-the-art crash protection.”
The crash tests simulate how a vehicle would fare in a motor vehicle accident including in side-impact and frontal-offset accidents.
In 2009, there were 33,808 people killed in motor vehicle accidents. This number has steadily declined from a high of 51,093 in 1979 due, in part, to increased safety features in automobiles including seat belts, air bags and car design.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm representing people who have been seriously injured in car accidents.