Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award
ARLINGTON, Va. - The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, a midsize luxury SUV,
earns the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for good performance in the
small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and
seat/head restraint evaluations.
Mercedes reinforced the SUV's door sills to improve occupant
protection in small overlap front crashes for models built after
In the small overlap front test, the driver's space was maintained
reasonably well. Injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated that
injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this
severity, but the risk of significant injuries to other body regions
would be low. The dummy's head made good contact with the front
airbag, which stayed in position during the crash. The side curtain
airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the
head from contact with side structures and outside objects.
The Institute added the small overlap test to its lineup of vehicle
safety evaluations last year. It replicates what happens when the
front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a
tree or a utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle's front
end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.
A 50th percentile male Hybrid III dummy is belted in the driver seat.
The M-Class is the first Mercedes to earn the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award
since the Institute began testing for small overlap protection in
2012. Winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in 4 of 5
evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.
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