Posted: Nov. 05, 2008 10:11 a.m.
The muscle cars of the 1970s were known for many things, but safety wasn't one of them. Their 21st-century descendants, though, may be a different story.
Autoblog explains, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration slammed some Dodge Challengers into brick walls to test the new pony car's crash-worthiness, and the results were five stars for both the driver and front passenger in frontal and side impacts. A front crash impact score of five stars means that there is a 10% or less chance of serious injury at 35 mph, and the five-star side impact score indicates a 5% chance of serious injury at 38.5 mph."
CarScoop adds, "It's never a pretty site seeing a new car being smashed -even though in this case it's for the noblest of reasons," but for those who are interested, CarScoop has posted video footage of the tests.