A new frontal crash test was developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and most luxury cars; including Mercedes-Benz did not get a good grade.
According to CBS News, the test is designed to simulate what happened in a collision with a car, a pole or tree. At 40 miles per hour and at 25% of car’s front end, the cars are bumped into a barrier. In this test, only 3 out of 11 cars got a good grade while Mercedes earned poor score.
Mercedes-Benz head of Accident Research, Dirk Ockel, spoke to Spiegel about the issue and he said, “The test does not correspond to the real accident, a collision on headlight width is statistically according to our data is not significant”. He further explained, “When two cars collide so they hook themselves into each other. If you had put on the corner of a deformable obstacle corner, the results would probably realistic. Of course we will deal with it because either way, customers are confused by the results. ”
This result may affect buying decisions, but for sure, Mercedes will find a way to make more explanation about the issue. We’ll let you know when they release more statement.