Safety - at the root of all we do
The Integrated Safety Concept from Mercedes-Benz
Virtually no other area inspires the Mercedes-Benz engineers to produce such consistently impressive results as much as research into new safety technologies. The first important safety milestone was reached back in the 1950s with the development of the passenger safety cell, invented by Béla Barényi. Today it is just one of many components of the Integral Safety Concept which edges Mercedes-Benz vehicles ever closer to our vision of accident-free driving.
Equipment availability depends on the engine and configuration selected. You will find details in the equipment information for each model.
Phase 1: safe driving
The majority of accidents start long before the actual collision: with a lapse in concentration, poor visibility or hazards which cannot be anticipated. That's why the Mercedes-Benz safety concept employs a range of measures to support safe driving in everyday operation and to help you bring critical situations under control.
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control with STEER CONTROL (optional)
DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control including COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS (optional)
Active Parking Assist including PARKTRONIC (optional)
Active Lane Keeping Assist (optional)
Active Blind Spot Assist (optional)
ADAPTIVE BRAKE braking system
LED Intelligent Light System (optional)
Reversing camera (optional)
Lane Keeping Assist (optional)
Blind Spot Assist (optional)
Phase 2: in critical situations
Mercedes-Benz stands for automotive safety. That's why our vehicles can support their passengers even in critical driving situations, so that every journey is as safe as it can possibly be.
Brake Assist system BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist (optional)
PRE-SAFE® occupant protection system (optional)
Phase 3: in an accident
Cars from Mercedes-Benz have a host of safety systems to prevent accidents. Should the worst come to the worst, however, a comprehensive range of occupant safety measures are activated. They include protection for the vehicle occupants as well as for other road users.
Airbags for driver and front passenger
Kneebag for driver
Sidebags for driver and front passenger
Windowbags for driver and front passenger
Phase 4: after an accident
To reduce consequential damage after an accident and support the work of the rescue services, a number of different actions are initiated, depending on the type and severity of the accident:
- Best possible protection: the engine can be turned off automatically and the fuel supply can be cut off.
- Eye-catching lighting: hazard and emergency interior lights can activate automatically to lower the risk of accidents and help locate the car.
- Making escape easier: the door locking mechanism can be automatically released.
- Measures to aid rescue: integral crash joints between the wing and the door can make opening the doors after a frontal collision easier.
- Helpful connection: In the event of an accident or breakdown, the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system (in conjunction with a connected mobile phone) can automatically contact an emergency call centre.