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The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Crash safety

Source: AutoMotoTV (Glomex)

Few vehicles are offered globally in as many markets as the C-Class - it is currently available in over 100 countries. In the course of development, therefore, around 1,000 load level variants are examined, because all engine and body variants, right-hand drive as well as left-hand drive, hybrids as well as 4MATIC vehicles meet the same requirements. In addition, there is special equipment to meet specific rating requirements - vehicles for Europe, for example, have a center airbag. It positions itself between the driver and front passenger in the event of a severe side impact, depending on the direction of the impact, the severity of the accident and the occupancy status, and can thus reduce the risk of mutual head contact. The center airbag is integrated in the center of the vehicle in the backrest of the driver's seat. Together with the familiar PRE-SAFE® protection concepts for frontal and rear-end crashes, PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side (available in conjunction with the Driving Assistance package Plus) forms a kind of virtual crumple zone that extends around the vehicle. Since only a limited crumple zone is available in the event of a side collision, PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side (availability depends on equipment) can give the driver or front passenger concerned an impulse away from the danger toward the center of the vehicle even before the crash as soon as the system detects an imminent side collision. To do this, air chambers are inflated in the side bolsters of the front seat backrests in a fraction of a second.

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