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Toyota's Camry performs poorly on new crash test

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2012 at 10:06 am •  Published: December 20, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — The Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in the U.S., performed poorly this year in a new crash test and failed to get the best safety rating from an insurance industry group.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry a "Poor" rating on a test that measures how well people are protected when the front corner of a car hits another car or an object.

The Camry still did well on the institute's other four tests and earned a "Top Safety Pick" designation. But it failed to get a "Top Safety Pick-Plus" rating because of the bad performance on the new "small overlap" test of corner crashes.

Ten moderately priced midsize cars got the institute's highest rating. They include the Honda Accord, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Suzuki Kashai and the Volkswagen Passat.

Toyota's Prius v gas-electric hybrid wagon also performed poorly on the new test, but still earned a "Top Safety Pick" designation.

"Toyota's engineers have a lot of work to do to match the performance of their competitors," IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a statement Thursday.

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