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2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class Safety

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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans earn top ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but some conflicting crash-test results call into question whether the C-Class is one of the safest options in this already safety-conscious class.

Those, from the federal government and part of its revised and more stringent tests being conducted on 2011 models for the first time, show the C-Class as only earning four stars overall, including a good five-star side performance but just three stars in the frontal test. And while the new side pole test—which simulates a sideways collision with a tree or pole—isn't yet figured into the overall score, the C-Class managed an imperfect four stars.

The equipment is there, though; all models come equipped with dual front, side, curtain and pelvic airbags, and they offer a rearview camera and rear-seat side airbags.

The 2011 C-Class offers a good safety-feature set; but to those seeking the safest car in this class should be concerned about some of its crash-test ratings.

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