Mercedes-Benz has been inventing and testing countless safety systems for more than half a century. In 1959 they began systematic crash testing research designed to discover and enhance safety measures. Even today, Mercedes-Benz has not wavered on that commitment. They perform more tests on their vehicles than any government requires. Implementing the results allows Mercedes-Benz to discover and incorporate many safety features.
Belt Force Limiters and Emergency Tensioning Devices
Designed to take up the slack in the seat belt in the event of an accident. This reduces the peak deceleration forces on belted occupants and helps increase effectiveness by allowing contact between the belt and the occupant earlier in the accident sequence.
ABS- Antilock Brake System
Mercedes-Benz was the first to introduce this system in 1978. ABS allows drivers to maintain steering control under heavy braking. In today's world, electronically controlled ABS systems have helped raise the benchmark for the entire automotive industry.
Air Bags with Emergency Tensioning Retractors
Mercedes-Benz was the first to introduce the significant benefits of the air bag in 1971. They continue to improve with newer designs. This system uses sensors to determine if the front seat is occupied. If it is not, then the front passenger air bag, the side-impact air bag, and the belt tensioner for that position are not activated.
A radar system scans the traffic conditions ahead of the vehicle. If the driver initiates a panic stop, the system instantaneously calculates the distance between the Mercedes-Benz and the vehicle ahead. If the driver hasn't applied the necessary force, the Brake Assist PLUS will apply the needed braking force to help avoid the collision.