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New Toyota Camry Earns Five-Star Safety Rating

2012 Toyota Camry

Though it doesn’t earn a perfect score, the redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry received an overall crash safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Last year, the outgoing 2011 Camry earned an overall rating of just three out of five stars in early models, though models manufactured later in the year raised that score to four out of five.

The 2012 Toyota Camry earned four out of five stars in NHTSA’s frontal crash and rollover tests, but a five-star side crash test brought its overall score up to five out of five. According to NHTSA tests, the new Camry’s protection of drivers of an average male size earned five stars, but female-sized passenger safety only rated four stars, which brought down the official frontal crash scores. The new Camry’s 11.1-percent rollover risk earned it a four-star rollover score.

Standard safety features on the 2012 Toyota Camry include 10 airbags, vehicle stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, as well as Toyota’s Smart Stop throttle override system.

“The 2012 Toyota Camry can also be ordered with Blind Spot Monitor, but that optional safety technology played no role in the vehicle’s score,” notes Left Lane News.

Toyota said in a statement, “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.”

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