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2012 Toyota Camry Earns 5-Star NHTSA Crash Rating


Toyota Camry 5 Star NHTSA Rating

The first batch of 2012 model-year ratings by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) have been released. These ratings are now under the stricter guidelines that took effect for the 2011 model year. The new series of tests, called the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), includes frontal barrier and rollover crash tests and as well as a combined side barrier and side pole test. The side pole test, which is new, simulates a 20-mph side impact crash into a 10-inch diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side. An overall rating of up to five stars is then assigned. Cars.com | Kicking Tires has a great article on what the stricter guidelines are.

NHTSA’s composite scores are composed of five-star ratings for frontal, rollover and a combined side-pole and barrier tests. The side-pole test, which is new, simulates a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side.

We at Toyota of Manahttan are very proud of the redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry, which earned a five-star overall rating! The Camry earned four stars in the frontal test, five stars in the side-crash test and four stars in the rollover test! The Toyota Camry was one of only three 2012 models to receive five-star scores.

NHTSA crash test scores for the 2012 vehicles tested so far. NHTSA will crash a total of 74 vehicles from this model year. By Colin Bird, Cars.com

NHTSA crash test scores for the 2012 vehicles tested so far. NHTSA will crash a total of 74 vehicles from this model year. By Colin Bird, Cars.com

Toyota Motor Sales, USA issued the following statement regarding the NHTSA Five-Star Rating:

Statement from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Regarding the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Five-Star Composite Rating for All-New 2012 Camry

We are very pleased that the all-new 2012 Camry has earned a five-star composite safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The fact that the Camry earned this five-star overall score after enduring a more rigorous NHTSA testing procedure targeted at raising the bar for overall vehicle safety is testament to the strong design, and safety-focused engineering consumers can expect in the nation’s top-selling car.
The redesigned 2012 Camry features a reinforced body structure that utilizes high-strength steel construction to help withstand cabin deformity during certain severe collisions, absorb impact energies and help enhance occupant safety. Each Camry is also equipped with a class-leading 10 standard airbags to help protect occupants in the event of a collision. Like all Toyota models, the 2012 Camry is equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety System™ standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The Star Safety System™ also features the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system, and a tire pressure monitoring system as standard equipment.
Vehicle safety and the development of technologies that forward the safety mission, such as Camry’s available Blind Spot Monitor, remain a priority at Toyota.   Our designers and engineers will continue their efforts toward occupant safety, and, in doing so, help raise the bar for vehicle safety industry-wide.

sources: USA Today, Toyota USA Newsroom

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