2012 Chevrolet Camaro aces US highway safety agency tests

A first based on revised standards
Nov 21, 2011

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - 2012 Chevrolet Camaro first car to ace US highway safety agency's tests

With its angry looks and muscular haunches, safety is the last thing that comes to mind when one thinks of the Chevrolet Camaro. Well, the United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to change that perception as the muscle car recently became the first-ever vehicle to earn a perfect score in its safety tests, which were revised this year.

While other vehicles have earned an overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, the Camaro is notable for being the first-ever to score a perfect five-star rating in all six test categories. These include frontal-barrier crash-test ratings for the driver and passenger, side-crash ratings for the driver and passenger, a rollover rating and the vehicle's overall rating.

"Camaro has always been about performance, and that includes safety performance," said Al Oppenheiser, the Camaro's chief engineer. "We always strive for five-star ratings, and the fact that we achieved them under more rigorous requirements is a great accomplishment."

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