Nightly News   |  October 28, 2013

Consumer Reports no longer recommends Toyota Camry

One of the best-selling cars in America is now no longer recommended by Consumer Reports because of how it performed in a new overlap crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Japanese brands take up seven of the top 10 spots. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>>> we are back with big news in the world of cars, specifically reliability and the magazine so many car buyers consult " consumer reports " has a big setback to the toyota camry . it wasn't the only brand anymore getting bad news. our report tonight from nbc's tom costello.

>> reporter: year after year the toyota camry is among the best-selling cars in america. today, a stunning announcement from " consumer reports ." it's no longer recommending the camry because of how it performed in this test. the new overlap crash test from the insurance institute for highway safety which simulates a car clipping another car or a solid object. the camry, rav-4, produce b and audi a-4 received poor ratings. now consumer reports is dropping the rating for all four.

>> come s to crash performance, reliability. there are great choices. we think we should reck emend the vehicle s that are the best.

>> reporter: audi is already working on a fix. toyota says the cars meet all federal requirements and we are looking at a range of oh solutions to achieve greater crash performance in this area. the newer rankings are about reliability. japanese brands take seven of the top ten spots. of 31 ford models only the f-150 pickup truck scored above average. the biggest complaint is with electronics. the navigation, audio, communications, freezing up, failing to connect or work. surprisingly two-thirds of the ford and ford-owned lincoln models got scores much worse than average. in a statement ford said it is committed to delivering the best quality with every new vehicle. we have improved the quality of advanced connectivity technologies by 50% since launch.

>> this is a problem for ford. their reputation has improved over the last five years because they have improved dependability and quality. this survey raises red flags with potential buyers.

>> reporter: the consumer reports conclusion, electronics can be an achilles heel . tom costello, nbc news, washington.