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2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class Safety

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It's not surprising that neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has crash-tested the 2013 Mercedes S Class. But with a long-established reputation for occupant safety and advanced safety features--and one of the models, globally, with an extremely low fatality rate--there's no reason to think of the S Class as any less than a safety standout.

All versions sold in the U.S. come with dual front, front side and rear side airbags, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control; active head restraints; adaptive brake lights; and PRE-SAFE, which prepares the car when an accident is imminent, by locking doors and tightening seatbelts, and preparing the brakes for full application.

The S Class wows with its safety technology, even though there aren't any crash-test scores in.

Cars with the ABC suspension include programming to help the S Class compensate for heavy crosswinds by adjusting suspension stiffness. Advances to the S Class' stability control now include torque-vector braking, which applies braking to the inside rear wheel to tighten cornering; it's standard on all models except the S 400 Hybrid.

Attention Assist, an alert system that senses drowsy drivers and blinks a coffee-cup icon to suggest a rest stop, is standard on all but the S 400 Hybrid. Other available features include Nightview Assist PLUS, a night-vision system that uses infrared sensors to call out unseen obstacles on dark roads; Lane Keeping Assist, which uses electric power steering to nudge the car back into the driving lane when it senses a slip over the lines; blind-spot monitors; automatic headlights; and adaptive cruise control. The S Class can also be fitting with parking assist, which judges parallel-parking spots and suggests ones in which the car will fit.

Outward visibility is quite good for the S Class sedans. Front and rear parking sensors, as well as an available rearview camera further improve parking safety. 

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