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2002 Mercedes E class 4-door sedan

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2001 Mercedes E class 4-door sedan shown
2001 Mercedes E class 4-door sedan shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear door-mounted torso airbags
2
Automatically adjusting head restraints in front seats designed to move up or down as seats are adjusted forward or rearward
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
A
G
2008
G
A
G
2007
G
A
G
2006
G
G
2005
G
A
2004
G
A
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A

Applies to 2000-02 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 E class was redesigned for the 1996 model year.

All 1997 and later E class models manufactured after January 1997 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes. Additional structural changes were made beginning with 2000 E class models manufactured after January 2000 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

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 vehicle2001 Mercedes E 430 4-door
Weight 3,576 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear door-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length189 in.
Width71 in.
Engine4.3 L V8
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF00027
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)13
Left (cm)11
Center (cm)14
Right (cm)9
Brake pedal (cm)8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)5
Rearward (cm)4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF00027
Head
HIC-15206
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
Neck
Tension (kN)1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm)40
Maximum Nij 0.53
Chest maximum compression (mm)28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)6.1
Femur force - right (kN)4.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)11
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.69
Maximum tibia index - right0.70
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left99
Right77

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