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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class Safety

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Mercedes has a long and storied reputation for driver safety, as an innovator of anti-lock brakes and lately, the Attention Assist attention-getter that reminds you that, yes, this would be the perfect time to pull over for an espresso.

Unfortunately, that's all we have to go on for now, because neither of the major crash-test agencies has put the SLK through their paces. As is the case with some luxury convertibles, the SLK may never be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), because of its relative rarity.

It hasn't been crash-tested, but Mercedes' safety heritage has the SLK's back.

Safety equipment on the 2012 SLK includes dual front, side and head airbags with a driver knee airbag; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; mbrace telematics; active head restraints; and Attention Assist, which flashes an alert to drowsy drivers in the form of a steaming cup of coffee.

There's no rearview camera at all, but as long as the top is down, there's little need for one. Still, it's an unusual omission on a brand-new luxury vehicle.

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