Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt got highest safety ratings in crash tests

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just finished up with its crash testing of the two popular hybrid cars, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 Nissan Leaf. And both cars earned the highest safety ratings with top rating of “good” for their front, side, rear, and rollover crash protection.

The two plug-in hybrid cars are now in this list of the 2011 vehicles in earning the Top Safety Pick title, which currently has about 80 vehicles so far.

“The way an electric or hybrid model earns top crash test ratings is the same way any other car does,” Nolan says. “Its structure must manage crash damage so the occupant compartment stays intact and the safety belts and airbags keep people from hitting hard surfaces in and out of the vehicle.”

Check out the video below of the two Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf undergoing the crash testing process.