In a class of safety high-achievers, the last-generation Toyota Camry was mid-pack or worse with respect to the two U.S. organizations that crash-test vehicles (it had received one 'marginal' rating from the IIHS and a combination of three- and four-star ratings from the federal government).
Safety ratings for the 2012 Camry have arrived, and Toyota's turned the tide. It's upgraded and bolstered the safety of the 2012 Camry, achieving both the IIHS' Top Safety Pick award and a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA.
And Toyota clearly hasn't wasted any opportunities for safety bragging rights in the new Camry. It packs a class-leading ten standard airbags, including new front passenger knee bags and rear side airbags for outboard occupants. A blind-spot monitoring system will also be available, as will a rearview camera--but only on some models.