Nissan tested LEAF’s safety and durability during March 2011 tsunami

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan Leaf was given an unfortunate opportunity to test its durability with the disaster that struck Japan back in March this year.

Over twenty Leaf models endured the tsunami without fire or battery damage thanks to a steel casing and additional protection.

“Considering how they were tossed around and crushed, we think that is a very good indication of the safety performance of that vehicle,” said Nissan North America product safety director Bob Yakuski.

The Chevy Volt is currently being investigated by federal safety regulators after two caught fire after crashing during National Traffic Safety Administration testing. Unlike the Leaf, the Volt batteries are not completely surrounded by steel, as it uses a plastic cover on top.

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Crash testing has yet to be done on the electric Focus, although FoMoCo has taken the initiative to surround its batteries with steel prior to the Volt fires. The automakers in house testing have not resulted in any battery damage.

GM’s senior VP for global product development says that the brand took its time with development, and that they did not find any issues before the car hit dealer lots. The company is offering to replace any Volt an owner may be concerned about.

By: Alexandra Koken

Source: Detroit News