2012 Nissan Versa Sedan Claims the Top Safety Pick Award


The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan has recently obtained the highest safety ratings that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides whenever a vehicle is subjected by the agency to series of crash tests. Due to this, the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan has joined the other vehicle models that were tested by the NHTSA in the Top Safety Pick List.

Obtaining the Top Safety Pick Award for this was actually the first for the least expensive car in America which is the Nissan Versa. This is because most of the 2012 model’s predecessors failed to make it to the Top Safety Pick list. The 2011 Nissan Versa for example has only obtained an acceptable overall rating last year. The 2011 version has earned an acceptable rating for the side impact crash tests and rollover protection thereby making its overall rating not so impressive.

But after subjecting the previous version of the Nissan Versa sedan to a full redesign, Nissan was able to improve the vehicle’s safety features. Nissan has installed some of the company’s latest safety equipments such as the front-set side airbags and the side curtain airbags. In addition to this, the company’s safety engineer implemented a few upgrades on the way the airbags are launched during collision. As a result, the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan’s safety ratings have improved and the upgrades that were conducted have somehow paid off.

According to the result of the crash test simulations administered by the NHTSA, the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan was given the four out of five stars as the average rating for the vehicle’s overall safety performance and this is equivalent to a “good” rating. In terms of the federal frontal crash test, the Versa sedan received three out of five stars. It also obtained four out of five stars for the side crash test and four out five stars in the rollover tests.

Although the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan failed to obtain the five-star rating in any of the individual tests, the overall results of the crash test simulations have revealed that the vehicle’s safety features have tremendously improved compared to that of the previous year.

But despite of the tremendous improvement that was seen on the latest version of the Versa sedan, Nissan has further assured the buying public that the company will continue to upgrade the vehicle’s safety capabilities until such time that this would be able to obtain the 5-star rating.

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Marty Bay is the Lead Writer and Editor for VPM Automotive. He has researched and reviewed 100s of cars, and writes extensively about car technologies.
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