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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Midsize luxury car
2012 Mercedes C class
2012 Mercedes C class
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    P
  • Passenger-side
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G


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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
P
G
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
P
G
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2010-13 models built before January 2013

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
P
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mercedes C class was redesigned for the 2008 model year. Beginning with 2010 models, an airbag for the driver's knees was added to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Footwell intrusion measured as much as 32 cm at the footrest and the instrument panel intruded more than 10 cm. The dummy's right foot was trapped beneath the brake pedal, and the pedal had to be cut off to free the foot.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to both the left and right lower legs would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head remained in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still moved toward the intruding A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy's head and torso. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 250 4-door
Weight 3,429 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 181 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 1.8 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1211
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Footrest (cm) 32
Left toepan (cm) 24
Brake pedal (cm) 21
Parking brake (cm) 14
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Upper dash (cm) 11
Lower instrument panel (cm) 11

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1211
Head
HIC-15 98
Peak gs at hard contact 17
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 3.1
Right 2.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 3
Right 6
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 2.01
Right 1.87
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 5.2
Right 4.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 113
Right 112

Applies to 2010-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mercedes C class was redesigned for the 2008 model year. Beginning with 2010 models, an airbag for the driver's knees was added to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2010 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4-door
Weight 3,560 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 182 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 3.0 L V6
EPA ratings 18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0905
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 1
Center (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -4
Rearward (cm) -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0905
Head
HIC-15 173
Peak gs at hard contact 23
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.6
Femur force - right (kN) 2.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.36
Maximum tibia index - right 0.50
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 3.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 57
Right 75

Applies to 2009-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Mercedes C class was redesigned for the 2008 model year. Beginning with 2009 models, the front-seat mounted side torso airbags were modified to include an additional chamber to protect the pelvis in side-impact crashes.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2009 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4-door
Weight 3,510 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 109 in.
Length 182 in.
Width 70 in.
Engine 3.0 L V6
EPA ratings 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0842
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-20.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0842
Head HIC-15 165
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 44
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 35
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.1
L-M moment (Nm) 74
A-P moment (Nm) 40

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0842
Head HIC-15 155
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.5
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 15
Lateral force (kN) 0.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 17
Average deflection (mm) 13
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.17
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.19
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 89
A-P moment (Nm) -48

Applies to 2008-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,510 lbs
Peak force 18,826 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.36
Tested vehicle
2010 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2008-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 40
Distance below top of head (mm) 36
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.7
Head contact time (ms) 52
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 34
Max neck tension (N) 453
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Programmable daytime running lights

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