Safety - at the heart of all our thinking

The Integral Safety Concept from Mercedes-Benz divides vehicle safety into four phases:

Phase 1: safe driving

Phase 2: in critical situations

Phase 3: in an accident

3-point seat belt in vehicle rear with pyrotechnical belt tensioner and belt force limiters

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: 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.
  • Better rescue possibilities: Between the wing and the door there are crash joints designed to make opening the doors after a frontal collision easier. The doors can also be automatically unlocked after an accident to give emergency services access to the occupants.
  • Direct connection: The Mercedes-Benz emergency call system can automatically make an emergency call through a connected mobile phone, as soon as the restraint system has recognised that an accident has occurred. It will communicate GPS positional data and other information to the Mercedes-Benz emergency call centre. It will then be possible to talk to the centre.

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