The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently awarded the 2012 Nissan Versa with a Top Safety Pick designation. That's in addition to the Top Safety Pick nods to the 2012 cube, Juke and LEAF, as well. As a leader in safety technology, Nissan's Media Team sat down with the Director of Product Safety, Bob Yakushi, and asked him about the company's current safety initiatives, as well as their vision for a future free of accidents.
Yakushi explains, "Nissan has a vision of ultimately having no accidents and no fatalities."1 That means, building a car that help prevent accidents, will keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of a collision, and will continue to assist with safety post-collision.
More specifically, forward collision warnings, lane-departure prevention and warning systems, as well as blind spot monitoring and back-up cameras will help prevent an accident. Nissan's Zone body construction and Advanced Air Bag System help to prevent injuries in the event of an accident. And in the future, Nissan hopes that car-to-car and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications will be an added safety element in their vehicles. Yakushi says, "Ultimately what we want to do is be very predictive."2
And, they're working with other automakers to develop this technology to ensure that everybody is safe, regardless of the type of vehicle they drive.
Want to see some of these innovations in person? Stop by the Nissan Sunnyvale showroom at 680 East El Camino Real. We're always happy to answer any of your questions about all of the standard and optional features available in the new Nissan lineup, from safety to entertainment to comfort. Contact us before you stop in and let us know which model you're interested in so we can get it ready for a test drive!