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2012 Toyota Camry

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2012 Toyota Camry 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2012-14 models built before January 2014

Tested vehicle: 2012 Toyota Camry LE 4-door

The Toyota Camry was redesigned for the 2012 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 19 cm to the right, resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right. The seat belt allowed the dummy to move too far forward, as is evident from the gap between the seat back and the dummy's torso, and the head hit the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag did not extend far enough forward toward the A-pillar.

Intrusion into the occupant compartment was extensive. The door hinge pillar began to tear as the wheel and tire was pushed back, and this intrusion combined with that of the parking brake pedal and instrument panel contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1215
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 37
Footrest (cm) 17
Left toepan (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Parking brake (cm) 31
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 6
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 7
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 19
Upper dash (cm) 25
Lower instrument panel (cm) 21

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1215
Head
HIC-15 100
Peak gs at hard contact 36
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 3.4
Right 2.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 9
Right 4
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.83
Right 0.60
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 3.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 57
Right 61

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2012-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Toyota Camry LE 4-door

The Toyota Camry was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1109
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 9
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1109
Head
HIC-15 115
Peak gs at hard contact 25
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 26
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.6
Femur force - right (kN) 2.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.42
Maximum tibia index - right 0.38
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 43
Right 72

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2012-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Toyota Camry SE 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags

The Toyota Camry was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Toyota as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1106
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -12.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1106
Head HIC-15 312
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 29
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.48
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.31
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.8
Combined force (kN) 3.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 88
A-P moment (Nm) 44

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1106
Head HIC-15 52
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 14
Lateral force (kN) 0.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 21
Average deflection (mm) 18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.81
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.16
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4
Combined force (kN) 1.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 183
A-P moment (Nm) 41

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2012-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Toyota Camry LE 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,167 lbs
Peak force 15,148 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.78

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 37
Distance below top of head (mm) 33
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.1
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 406

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted