The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently awarded the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe with the five-star safety mark in all of the individual safety crash tests included on the agency’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The five-star rating is considered as the highest score that the NHTSA could provide to each vehicle that they subject to crash test simulations. What was more impressive is the fact that the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe was the first vehicle to receive the highest score in all of the tests conducted to it after the NHTSA has revised the federal testing procedures in 2011.
The revision of the procedures included on the New Car Assessment Program of the agency made each test that they are conducting more rigorous and tougher. The revision has also introduced new procedures such as the “new side pole test”. The new side pole test is conducted by crashing the side of a vehicle particularly on the area behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side while running at a speed of 20 miles per hour into a 10-inch tree or pole at a 75-degree angle. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe has also obtained a five-star mark on this test.
The five-star overall safety rating that the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe has achieved was made possible by its advanced vehicle safety features such as the StabiliTrak electronic stability control, pretentioners and load limiting retractors, and the six standard airbags installed on the coupe. Since these tests are more rigorous and tougher, it is quite correct to say that the latest version of the Camaro Coupe is proven safer compared to other vehicles that were not yet able to undergo the revised federal testing procedures implemented by the NHTSA.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible has not yet received the ratings that the coupe version has received since it was not yet subjected to the revised NCAP procedures.