The EV's headlights provide "fair to good visibility" but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers, according to IIHS tests.
The Chevrolet Bolt has been excluded from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick Plus honor roll due to headlight performance.
"The Bolt is available only with poor-rated headlights," the IIHS says. "They provide fair to good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers."
The EV did qualify for the lesser Top Safety Pick category, with 'good' ratings in all five crashworthiness tests. It also avoided collisions in IIHS automatic emergency-braking tests at 12 mph and 25 mph.
In the small-overlap impact, the IIHS measured maximum cabin intrusion of 12 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Dummy measurements indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a similar real-world crash scenario.
Due for a redesign, the current Nissan Leaf does not qualify for any safety award after receiving a 'poor' grade in the small-overlap test. The Tesla Model S is also excluded from the TSP+ club with an 'acceptable' small-overlap rating and 'poor' headlights.