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 the research into new safety technologies. They passed their first key safety milestone as early as 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.
The availability of equipment depends on the engine and the configuration selected. You will find details in the equipment information for each model.
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 large number of safety systems to prevent accidents. Should the worst come to the worst, however, an extensive number of protective measures can come into play. They provide protection for you and your passengers 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 accident:
Eye-catching lighting: The hazard warning lights and interior emergency lighting can be automatically activated, to prevent secondary accidents and make it easier for rescue teams to find the vehicle involved in the accident.
Automatic venting: If an airbag is deployed, the power windows are lowered automatically.
Best possible protection: The engine can be turned off automatically and the fuel supply can be cut off.
Better rescue possibilities: Crash joints between the wing and the door can make opening the doors after a frontal collision easier.
Easy opening: After an accident the doors can be unlocked automatically to make it easier for the occupants or rescue workers to open them.
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.