Mercedes Benz C-Class Saloon

Mercedes Benz’s pioneering safety work has once again paid dividends as the C-Class Saloon was awarded a five star rating in recent European NCAP crash tests. The C-Class has also become the world’s first car to meet Euro NCAP’s seat belt reminder protocol.

Dr Hans-Joachim Schöpf, Head of Development for Mercedes Benz Passenger Cars, Maybach and smart commented: "The high rating endorses the innovative concept behind the C-Class, which is based on the latest accident research data and therefore offers the highest level of occupant protection, tailored to the realities of everyday traffic conditions."

The front end of the C-Class Saloon features a structure that takes into account what actually happens in a real accident, with a three-stage protection system which is activated according to the severity of the impact. The system means that the C-Class offers the best possible occupant protection in the most common types of collision, which occur in the mid-speed range.

The standard safety equipment on board the C-Class includes: adaptive driver and front passenger airbags, which deploy in two stages according to the severity of the accident; front side airbags and windowbags; seat belt tensioners and belt force limiters for all outer seats; automatic child seat recognition and now also an enhanced seat belt reminder feature.

Safety is a standard feature on every Mercedes Benz. All cars feature at least four standard airbags; ABS anti-lock brakes with BAS Brake Assist; ESP Electronic Stability Program with ASR traction control; seat belt force limiters; automatic recognition systems for Mercedes Benz child seats; advanced crumple zones and a rigid passenger safety cell.

All new C-Class Saloons are fitted with the new seat belt warning system as standard.

In addition to the C-Class, the Mercedes Benz SLK-Class Roadster also passed the European NCAP crash tests with flying colours. It was awarded four stars, an outstanding rating for an open-top car, confirming yet again that the SLK-Class is also one of the safest cars in its category.

Published : 08/07/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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