When you think of vehicle safety, two brands should come to mind: our boxy brethren from Sweden, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz.
As the first manufacturer to put both an airbag and seat belt tensioner in a production car, Mercedes-Benz is as committed to safety as it is to performance, style, and luxury. Recent testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class only serves to further this point, where the mid-size SUV received the Institute’s highest honor of “Top Safety Pick+.”
The “Top Safety Pick+” award means that the new M-Class managed to perform to the Institute’s top safety standard of “Good” in front impact, side impact, passenger whiplash, and roof crush tests, and at a level of “Acceptable” or better in the Institute’s new small-overlap test. The small-overlap test is meant to simulate an event where a front impact occurs to 25-percent of the vehicle’s front-end due to a driver attempting to swerve out of the way of an oncoming object.
During development Mercedes-Benz put the M-Class through 36 different test cases to develop the SUV’s safety features. The IIHS’ results, as well as five star ratings by the U.S. and Euro NCAP tests, reveal that the hard work that went into engineering the M-Class’ safety features was a worthwhile endeavor for both Mercedes-Benz and M-Class owners, who can feel confident in their vehicle’s ability to keep them safe in the event of a collision.
To learn more about the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and it’s many safety features, stop by Mercedes-Benz of Plano.