The Integral Safety Concept from Mercedes-Benz divides vehicle safety into four phases:
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
Most 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.
Cars from Mercedes-Benz have a host of safety systems to prevent accidents. Should the worst come to the worst, however, a number of occupant safety measures are activated. They include protection for the vehicle occupants as well as for other road users.
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 impact registered by the system:
Eye-catching lighting: hazard and emergency interior lights can activate automatically to lower the risk of accidents and help locate the car.
Automatic ventilation: if an airbag is deployed, the power windows are lowered automatically.
Measures to aid rescue: integral crash joints between the wing and the door can make opening the doors after a frontal collision easier.
Best possible protection: In the event of a severe collision the engine can be turned off automatically and the fuel supply can be cut off.
Easy opening: after an accident the doors are unlocked automatically to make it easier for the occupants or rescue workers to open the doors.
Helpful connection: In the event of an accident or breakdown, the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system can automatically establish contact with an emergency call centre.
To complete its holistic safety philosophy, Mercedes-Benz has also published multilingual rescue guidelines (accessible worldwide on the internet) as a preventive measure for rescue services.