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by George Skentzos

Achieving the maximum five-star safety rating in crash tests has become the norm for most modern cars, especially for headlining models such as the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.

However it seems the Australian engineered Chevrolet Camaro didn’t perform quite as expected in recent NHTSA crash testing – the US equivalent of ANCAP – achieving only a four-star safety rating.

The Camaro managed to score the maximum five-star rating for side and roll-over testing, but the car’s front impact rating of only four-stars dragged down the overall score.

In comparison, its main rival the Ford Mustang managed to achieve the maximum five-star rating across all tests, making this a less than ideal result for the Camaro, which has managed to outsell its arch rival for the second successive month.

With the Camaro sharing its underpinnings with the VE Commodore, it seems Holden engineers may have overlooked a few simple design flaws, with the Commodore itself initially receiving only a four-star ANCAP rating.

This safety concern was eventually rectified by Holden through the addition of a steering column shroud energy absorber across the VE sedan range that helps to reduce driver knee injuries.




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