Early buyers of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro might be re-thinking their purchase right now.
The NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing reveals that although the 2010 Camaro scores a perfect 5 of 5 stars in side impact and rollover testing, forces on simulated occupants are just too high to get more than a 4 of 5 stars rating in frontal impacts.
With femur loads approaching a half ton for the driver and deceleration forces on both driver and passenger chests near 50 times the force of gravity, it's not surprising that the Camaro failed to make top marks.
By contrast, the 2010 Ford Mustang - which has fallen behind the new Camaro in sales over the last two months, but is still its main competitor - scored 5 of 5 stars in all NCAP crash tests, exerting about half the force on its occupants compared to the Camaro.
Preventive safety features, like 4-wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are standard, however, so your chances of avoiding an accident are at least on par with other vehicles.
Unfortunately, it's the accidents we can't evade that we need to worry the most about, and this is one measure where the Camaro comes up inexplicably short.