If playing the horsepower game wasn’t enough, Chevy at least has one other way to brag about its muscle machine. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro recently earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration after passing the agency’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) with flying colors.
Five stars were given to the Camaro in the front crash, side crash, and rollover tests for an overall rating of – you guessed it – five stars. The frontal barrier crash rating evaluates injuries to the driver and front passenger’s head, neck, chest and legs. An average-sized adult male driver dummy and small-sized adult female dummy were used in this test in which the Camaro hit a fixed barrier going 35 mph. Both the driver and passenger got a five star driver rating.
It’s the same story for the side crash test. The same dummies were used, but instead, injuries to the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis were evaluated. A 38.5-mph intersection type crash was simulated, but both dummies again, came out unscathed with a five star rating. Passengers in the back seat will also ride safe; five stars were given for rear seat ratings. As for the rollover test, the Camaro yielded an 8.7-percent risk of rollover.
The NHTSA introduced tougher tests and a more rigorous five-star safety rating for all 2011 model year and above vehicles, but it seems as though the tougher tests are little problem for the Camaro.
Want to see the Camaro take a hit during the tests? Check out the videos below.
Source: Safercar.gov, YouTube