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curtain side airbags
Pre-Safe Brake system
TheCarConnection.com finds that reviewers are impressed with the safety features of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet tested this S-Class sedan for crashworthiness; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also skipped over the S-Class to date.
Still, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has many standard safety features, including side curtain airbags, front and rear side airbags, an anti-lock braking system, and traction control, reports ConsumerGuide.
The Pre-Safe system is Mercedes’ way of mitigating an impending accident. As Cars.com explains it, "by monitoring the braking, steering and stability systems, Pre-Safe can ready occupants for a collision by tightening the seat belts, adjusting the position of the front passenger seat and available power rear seats, and closing the windows." An even more advanced version of Pre-Safe requires the optional Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, which brakes and accelerates the Mercedes-Benz 2008 as needed to avoid accidents.
An additional optional safety feature on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz is Night View Assist, which can see "almost 500 feet ahead of the car and display the view in the instrument panel," according to Cars.com. This creates more visibility for the Mercedes-Benz 2008 than most vehicles enjoy, allowing drivers to see what awaits them in the dark.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sports the latest safety features, but has undergone no independently measured crash tests.