Mercedes Benz Introduces NECK-PRO - Crash-Responsive Head Restraints Fitted As Standard

Mercedes Benz NECK-PRO

With the new NECK-PRO head restraints, Mercedes Benz is making a further important contribution to driver and passenger safety. The crash-responsive head restraints are now standard specification in the C-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class and E-Class.

The NECK-PRO head restraints are linked to an electronic control unit: if the sensor system detects a rear-end collision of a predefined degree of severity, it releases pre-tensioned springs inside the head restraints, causing it to move forward 40 millimetres and upwards by 30 millimetres. This happens in a split-second and has the effect of providing support for the heads of front seat occupants during the early stages of an accident. In this way, Mercedes Benz has again improved the level of protection for the occupants in a rear-end collision and as a result, reduced the risk of whiplash injuries.

Following the deployment of NECK-PRO, the head restraints can be released and re-set using a special tool provided with the car. The internal mechanism can then be pushed back manually to re-set the NECK-PRO head restraints. This ‘reusable’ dimension means there will not be a repair or replacement cost in the unfortunate event of an accident.

The new crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and front passenger are fitted as standard equipment in the C-Class Saloon and Estate, the CLK-Class Coupé and Cabriolet, E-Class Saloon and Estate and in the four-door CLS-Class.

NECK-PRO: safety comes as standard, not at a price.

Published : 27/06/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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