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Toyota Camry Receives “Poor” Safety Rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the new Toyota Camry a “Poor” in its newest safety rating series. The “Poor” rating for the Toyota Camry, which is the best-selling car in the United States, came in a test designed to measure “how well people are protected when the front corner of a car hits another car or object.” Due to the “Poor” rating, the Camry failed to get a “Top Safety Pick-Plus” rating. The Camry did perform well in the Insurance Institute’s other safety tests.

The Toyota Prius, Toyota’s gas-electric hybrid, also performed poorly on the test, but did receive a “Top Safety Pick” designation. According to the Insurance Institute’s President, “Toyota’s engineers have a lot of work to do to match the performance of their competitors.” In response to the report, Toyota stated that the test requirements were raised above government standards, but that the company will do its best to rise to the challenge.

Ten other mid-size cars received the “Top Safety Pick-Plus” rating, including the Honda Accord, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Suzuki Kashai and the Volkswagen Passat.

Toyota’s Camry performs poorly on new crash test, December 20, 2012.

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