Nissan's Leaf earns top ratings for safety

July 26, 2011 1:52:38 PM PDT
The Nissan Leaf earned the National Highway Traffic Safety administration's top five-star rating. That's after undergoing the government's new tougher crash testing.

The plug-in electric car earned four stars for front-end and rollover protection but reached the top five star honor for side-crash ad overall protection.

The Leaf's rival, GM's Chevrolet Volt also earned the agency's top safety rating.