Safety milestones of Mercedes-Benz: Passive safety.

Safety milestones of Mercedes-Benz: Passive safety.

Over the decades, innovations by Mercedes-Benz have continuously improved the status of passive safety in various areas. These include, for example, safety steering columns as well as various body details. In particular, they have allowed for advances in electronics and sensor systems to start all-new chapters in this area: without digital technology, pioneering innovations such as airbags are not possible.

 

Airbag development at Mercedes- Benz began in 1966, with the corresponding patent being registered by the company in 1971. As the first production-ready solution, the driver’s airbag was introduced in the S-Class of model series 126 in 1981. Due to its fundamental importance, this innovation was quickly adopted by the entire auto industry.

The basic principle of the first airbags still applies today: if the control unit registers a serious accident via various sensors, the airbag is triggered as required. A gas generator fills the airbag. The airbag supplements the restraint effect of the seat belt, which is equipped with pyrotechnical belt tensioners and force limiters. It is therefore also known as an SRS (supplementary restraint system).
 

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