Is the Nissan LEAF safe enough?
Our editor, Armen Hareyan, is a member of a popular Nissan LEAF group on Facebook. Recently, prompted by an article by John Goreham on the Tesla Model S, he asked LEAF owners in that group what they thought should be added to the car for safety (read it here). The answers were interesting, but when coupled with safety ratings from the two major safety testing agencies in the U.S., it became apparent that the LEAF could use some improvement.
First, let's look at forum responses. Accident prevention technologies were the first things offered as something that might be needed - adaptive braking, adaptive cruise, lane departure, etc. As another user pointed out, however, those technologies have little proof of being helpful in preventing accidents in the real world.