PLEASE NOTE:   You're currently viewing a story posted in the legacy archive of eMercedesBenz. To view new stories and use commenting features, please use the navigation menu above.

 

 
 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Named Top Safety Pick By The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety
Posted December 9, 2008 At 9:30 AM CST by T. Philips

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS)

In their latest assessments, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class one of their Top Safety Picks for 2009.  The news comes after the IIHS examined the C-Class in three categories – frontal offset, side impact and rear crash protection/head restraint – after which the sedan achieved top marks  of "Good" in each.

In addition to the IIHS award, the Mercedes C-Class was also awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP (the European New Car Assessment Programme), making it one of the safest cars on the market.

To learn more about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, keep scrolling for the official press release, or head over to the IIHS website where you can view results from each of the three crash test studies.

Enjoy ladies and gentlemen.



OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE


Top Safety Pick 2009: Key reason to buy: The Mercedes-Benz C-Class gains top marks in US safety test


Stuttgart - The respected Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States has named the Mercedes-Benz C-Class one of its Top Safety Picks for 2009 - the best reason to buy in terms of safety. The C-Class achieved good ratings in all the safety criteria which were examined.

Each year, the experts at the IIHS rate new vehicle models based on stringent safety criteria, thereby providing an important tool to help buyers make a decision. In the latest assessments, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was subjected to front and side crash tests. The safety specialists in the US also evaluated protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. For all three criteria, the C-Class was awarded top marks.

This result is confirmation that the C-Class safety concept, optimised based on the analysis of real-life accidents, also performs extremely well in standardised rating crash tests. With seven airbags, belt tensioners, belt force limiters and NECK PRO crash-responsive head restraints fitted as standard, the Saloon offers its occupants an extremely high level of protection should an accident occur. The body structure has been designed to ensure that, in the event of a frontal collision, the impact forces are distributed over a wide area and on four independently acting impact levels, meaning that the passenger compartment remains largely undamaged. Around 70 percent of all the bodyshell panels are made from state-of-the-art, high-strength steel alloys that minimise weight and maximise safety.

Furthermore, the C-Class is equipped with an anticipatory occupant protection system in the shape of PRE-SAFE® as an option. This Mercedes-Benz innovation uses the time between detection of a potential accident situation and a possible collision to initiate preventive protective measures, thus reducing the loads exerted on the occupants in the event of a crash by up to 40 percent.

By rating the C-Class a Top Safety Pick 2009, the IIHS has confirmed the vehicle's extremely good performance in crash tests conforming to Euro NCAP (the European New Car Assessment Programme) in which the C-Class was awarded five stars, making it one of the safest cars on the market.

Copyright © 2008, Daimler AG


Return To Previous Page...
 
 
 
 
 

 
About Us
Article Archives
 
Have A Story?
 
Links
 
Resources
 
RSS Feeds
RSS 2.0 Articles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Copyright © 2010, eMercedesBenz.com. All rights reserved.