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2010 Chevrolet Camaro only rates 4 stars in NHTSA testing

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The shortfall comes in frontal impact ratings, while side and rollover ratings are 5-star

The shortfall comes in frontal impact ratings, while side and rollover ratings are 5-star

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It's almost a given that modern cars from the major carmakers will be built and designed to achieve maximal crash safety ratings - especially brand-leaders like the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, right? Well, not quite, it seems, as the new muscle car has managed just 4 of 5 stars thanks to below-expected frontal impact scores.

Side and rollover testing still secured 5-star ratings, but the car's front impact 4-star rating dragged down the overall result. Copmared to the Camaro's main rival, the 2010 Ford Mustang, that's a major blow, as the Blue Oval product secured five stars in all tests.

Comparing the numbers tells an even darker story for the Camaro, as the Mustang scored 457 head injury criterion for the driver and 379 for the passenger, versus 661 and 626 respectively for the Camaro. Chest deceleration figures were equally biased against the Camaro, which scored 53 g for the driver and 49 g for the passenger against the Mustang's much less strenuous 34 g and 40 g chest loads.

Finally, the Camaro placed a load of 908 lb and 866 lb on the driver's left and right legs, compared to 478 lb and 551 lb for the Mustang's driver. Those figures reflect pretty intuitively just how much more severe the same impact would feel in the Camaro.

Click through to the government's Safercar site below to see video of the Camaro's crash testing for yourself.

[Safercar.gov via Jalopnik]
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  1. I was sitting in a Camaro in a dealership a few days ago and with the size of the windows and ability to see out almost guarantees an accident eventually. You would think GM would try to rectify that before launch.
     
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  2. I was sitting in a Camaro in a dealership a few days ago and with the size of the windows and ability to see out almost guarantees an accident eventually. You would think GM would try to rectify that before launch.

    Most folks who buy Camaros don't give a rip about safety or even build quality - they just want cheap thrills (accelleration) and the image that they're somehow sexier than the guy/gal in the next car.
     
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  3. Ford should play up it 5 stars in its commercials like they did with the Taurus and F-150, people do care about safety, even while they are talking on their cell phones and speeding.
     
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  4. Companies fail because of poor management or undercapitaliztion. With Chevy it appears to be poor management! Melt it and start over! Safety has to be a top priority- looks can only take ya so far! Also, take a hard look at the principles of toyota production systems and get your heads out of your butt!
     
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  5. In this day and age with computer generated models and tests there is no excuse not to hit 5 stars!!!! I can only imagine the manager that signed off on this being the final design must have been abscent prepping for their bankrupcy hearings...

    Also jjjj I would'nt get on your high horse about Toyota as their pain is yet to hit. I predict 2010 will bring some interesting times for the Japanese. As we speak/type their laying of workers, cutting white collar salaries, and closing plants right here in the U.S.
     
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  6. That is surprising, given the long nose of this car. Ususally with this much "crush space" designers can soften the blow.
     
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  7. I think GM missed the mark with the Camaro. The ergonomics inside the car are bad. I rather get a Mustang or Challenger
     
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  8. I think GM missed the mark with the Camaro. The ergonomics inside the car are bad. I rather get a Mustang or Challenger

    I concur...
     
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  9. That is surprising, given the long nose of this car. Ususally with this much "crush space" designers can soften the blow.


    The old F-bodies had enourmously long plastic snouts - and they didn't do so hot either as I recall...
     
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  10. I still really dislike this car. The interior bugs me the most. There are so many conflicting clichés: the square dials, round climate knobs, rectangular auxiliary gauges, circular recessed steering wheel hub -- the list goes on and on. The only cohesion comes from an attempt to be retro cool, but in the end it's just a dog's breakfast as the English might say.

    As for the safety thread, yes, very surprising to see such a result in an age of sophisticated computer simulation. While it may not make a huge impact (no pun intended) on sales, it certainly doesn't move GM in the right direction.
     
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  11. Why is everybody so down on the Camaro? I really like it. And what is with the condescending comments about people who drive Camaros? Snobs. I have had two Mustangs and two Camaros. I will never go back to a Mustang. The news ones are the ugliest they have made since the mid-seventies.
     
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  12. www.mywheelsonwalls.com, no company is immune to a recession. Layoffs, pay cuts, closing plants all are necessary and effective for a company to stay profitable in a recession. It's not the company's fault people don't have the confidence to purchase cars when they fear of losing their jobs/houses.
     
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