2012 BMW 3-Series Safety

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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.

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.

Active safety features are available this year and include options such as blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warning, and forward collision warning. The 3-Series also includes an emergency services notification system that alerts first responders in a severe crash.

A rearview camera is bundled in a parking assistance package that includes a surround-view camera system that stitches together many camera angles to provide a bird's-eye view of the car when parking in tight spaces.

All 2012 3-Series models include front and front side airbags, plus side head airbags covering both rows.

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