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The 2012 Camaro Coupe Becomes the First Vehicle of Any Class to Earn a Perfect NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe is the first vehicle to receive the highest possible five-star score in every individual segment of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program since the federal testing procedures were revised for 2011.

Camaro has a reputation for making hearts race and palms sweat. It’s known for attitude and power. It’s a car known for fulfilling the wildest fantasies of sports car aficionados far and wide.

So when the Camaro Coupe became not only the first sports car, but the first overall vehicle of any class to nab a perfect five-star score in every safety rating segment of the National Highway Traffic Administration’s all-new car assessment, Chevy was more than thrilled to add top-notch safety to the sports car’s inimitable reputation.

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

The NHTSA recently raised the bar by revising their testing procedures for 2011. The six categories that Camaro performed exceptionally in include frontal barrier crash testing for the driver and passenger, side crash ratings for the driver and passenger, a rollover rating, and the vehicle’s overall rating. The stricter NHTSA testing regulations have been revamped to focus on crash avoidance technologies and safety feature performance.

To have such a power-driven sports car come out on top for excellence in safety brings even more to the thrill ride for current and future Camaro owners. So the next time you decide to take Camaro out for a spin, feel free to own your street while having the feeling of safety on your side.


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