updated 10/2/2004 6:54:56 PM ET 2004-10-02T22:54:56

IIHS has already credited the C-Class with a “Best Pick” for the high speed frontal offset impact rating.  The C-Class was, in addition, designed to address side impact performance through the incorporation of occupant compartment integrity measures and side impact specific restraint systems.  The new IIHS side impact test represents a very severe scenario.  Notwithstanding that, acceptable results with occupant loadings below biomechanical limits were achieved. 

However, it is not our philosophy to excel in individual rating tests, since no single test can accurately replicate the real world scenario.  Supported by our in-house accident analysis established in 1969, the development target for Mercedes-Benz vehicles is to provide maximum occupant safety in real world conditions with a variety of scenarios.  This philosophy is complemented by international rating results, e.g. the Government Side-NCAP or the European NCAP (front & side impacts) which both yielded maximum results for the C-Class.

Integrated vehicle safety with a comprehensive approach comprising both active and passive safety elements is central to our mission in building the safest cars on the road.  This approach has guided Mercedes-Benz to introduce a host of safety firsts, including the now-ubiquitous crumple zone, airbag, ABS anti-lock brake technology, the Electronic Stability Program ESP, the Brake-Assist BAS and our preventive safety system PRE-SAFE (S-Class).

In the test, both occupants were protected by deployment of inflatable restraints (curtain airbag and side thorax airbag) which is significant in real world conditions. At the time X-TYPE was launched (2001) the IIHS Side Impact Barrier Test, which is specific to the US market did not exist. However, during 2003 the X-TYPE was tested by NHTSA and achieved a 4 star NCAP rating in the side barrier test.  The X-TYPE was developed as a global car, and is now entering its fourth year of sales in the US market.

General Motors
Safety is a top priority at General Motors.  That is why we designed and developed the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 with many of our latest occupant protection and crash avoidance technology features.  Among those, the Saab offers side impact air bags, antilock brakes, self-aligning front head restraints, and daytime running lamps as standard equipment.

The Saab 9-3 and 9-5 are outstanding vehicles.  They performed well in GM’s battery of tests that replicated a wide array of potential real-world circumstances that a driver may encounter.  We are pleased to know that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave high evaluations of these vehicles after testing them in side impact crash tests.

Mitsubishi Motors
The improvements in the current Galant are the direct result of the diligent research and development efforts of Mitsubishi Motors engineers to meet IIHS's exacting performance criteria.

We believe that all 2005 Mitsubishi vehicles demonstrate our continuing commitment to safety. The 2005 Mitsubishi Galant offers side airbags that protect the head and thorax as standard equipment. In addition, the Galant's superior body structure outperformed the competitors in its class. These safety and performance features make Galant stand out among mid-size sedans, not just for safety, but for overall value.

We are very pleased with the "Good" performance rating of 2004 Acura TL in the IIHS Side Impact Crash Test, the highest rating awarded by the organization.

As with all Acura vehicles, occupant safety is a key design criteria and the TL was engineered to meet or exceed all applicable safety standards.

In addition to the excellent results achieved during the IIHS SICE and Offset Frontal Barrier Crash tests, the TL also received five star ratings (the highest possible rating) in the federal government New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) frontal barrier tests.

Using a rigid unit body structure that features front, side, and rear crumple zones to absorb impact energy, the TL is equipped with a comprehensive list of standard safety features to help protect its occupants in the event of a collision, including:

  • Advanced, dual-stage dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's air bag which deploys at two different rates based on the severity of the collision
  • Driver's and front passenger's side air bags with passenger-side occupant size and position sensor system to detect if a child or small-stature adult is leaning into the airbag's path of deployment
  • Front and rear side-curtain airbags to help minimize injury during a side impact
  • Three-point seat belts for all seating positions

The IIHS tests confirm our efforts to provide our customers with world class performance and safety.


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