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post #1 of 5 Old 11-29-2014, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Secondary Door Striker

Ran across this little tidbit while surfing for some Christmas gifts for the SS.

Secondary Door Striker

There is a primary and secondary door striker on both of the Camaro's doors--one in the normal place you'd expect, and a second one at the base of the B-pillar. The story behind it is intriguing. In order to preserve the Camaro concept car's long hood, engineers moved the front axle of the Zeta II platform forward 6 inches. Meantime, Chevy decided that they wanted the production Camaro to exceed Federal crash standards, and earn a five-start crash rating from the insurance institute. This required passing an extra side-impact test (not part of the federal test), the position of which is an arbitrary distance behind the front axle centerline. Since the Camaro's front axle is so far forward relative to other cars, the test's impact point was found to be not in the normal place--the B-pillar--but in the center of the door! Adherence to a styling principle, in this case, actually created a safer car.

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Thanks, Sandman! That explains why the 5thGen handles crashes so well in the vids I've seen.

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good information...thanx...!!!
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Good info, thanks.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-01-2014, 09:27 AM
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Thanks for the info, I figured that was the case.

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