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, relieving stress in everyday driving and helping you to deal with critical situations.
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: hazard and emergency interior lights can activate automatically to lower the risk of accidents and help locate the car.
Making escape easier: the door locking mechanism can be automatically released.
Helpful connection: In the event of an accident or breakdown the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system (a component of the COMAND Online multimedia system) can, in conjunction with a connected mobile phone, automatically contact an emergency call centre.