2011 Mercedes Benz M-Class Gets Top Euro NCAP Rating

The new Mercedes Benz M-Class has only recently been revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, but the Euro NCAP safety body has already concluded that the SUV deserves a maximum five-star safety rating. The only major problem they found was with the speed limitation assistance system, which failed the test.
The new M-Class got 96 percent for adult occupant protection, as the passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection for the knees and femurs of both driver and front passenger.

The SUV’s massive size helped it in the sever barrier test, where it secured maximum points. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of the chest was adequate and that of all other body areas was good.

Child occupant protection was not as good as you’d expect, due in part to the fact that the front passenger airbag can be disabled only by child restraints equipped with Mercedes Benz's automatic sensor system, known as CPOD. As there is no way of disabling the airbag for other rearward-facing restraints, Euro NCAP found fault with the system.

As for pedestrian safety, the M-Class has an active bonnet that is raised in case of a crash, but protection in areas struck by the pelvis was poor and no points were scored.

The M Class has electronic stability control as standard, as well a seatbelt reminder system for the driver, passenger and rear seats.
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