We can’t keep our kids in a bubble right? Actually, Nissan thinks otherwise, at least when it comes to vehicle safety. It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and the automaker is making its Safety Shield 360 suite of equipment standard on 10 models beginning in 2021.
The suite of six safety features includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot warning, reverse automatic braking and automatic high-beam assist.
It’s currently standard on the Sentra sedan, Leaf electric hatchback, Kicks SUV, Maxima sedan, Rogue Sport SUV and Titan pickup truck. It will also be standard on the redesigned-for-2021 Rogue SUV. In addition, Nissan says it’ll add the system to three more models and will make that announcement “in the coming months.”
Teens face some sobering statistics when it comes to car crashes and Nissan says it hopes this added layer of protection can help keep young drivers safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens and that drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers ages 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
Active safety systems have been proven to lower these risks, however. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, backup crashes went down by 78% in vehicles equipped with rear automatic braking and by 22% in vehicles with rear cross-traffic alert.
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