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Since the 3-Series, in sedan form, is an all-new model for 2012, it hasn’t yet been rated by either of the major U.S. crash-test agencies. However, Coupe and Convertible versions carry over in their previous E90 forms for one more year, and earn a ‘good’ score for frontal impact and a ‘marginal’ score for side impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 3-Series sedans have a completely new structure with more aluminum than ever before, along with ultra-high tensile steels, to help make it light yet protective.
Several other optional tech features might enhance safety. Active Blind Spot Detection and the Lane Departure Warning System include a camera-based Collision Warning system and are for the first time offered in the 3-Series. The 3-Series also includes an Automatic Collision Notification system that relays to emergency responders detailed information on the type of accident and likely level of trauma.
Also available as part of an enhanced Park Distance Control is a new rearview camera system with side view and top view modes to give a bird’s-eye view in close spaces and to monitor cross traffic when pulling out of concealed exits (like alleys).
All 2012 3-Series models include front and front side airbags, plus side head airbags covering both rows.
The 2012 BMW 3-Series sedans are all-new and yet untested—but they include quite the roster of features and options to avoid an accident in the first place.