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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owners Manual: Reduced seat belt protection

WARNING Risk of injury or death due to incorrect seat position
The seat belt does not offer the intended level of protection if you have not moved the seat backrest to an almost vertical position.

When braking or in the event of an accident, you could slide underneath the seat belt and sustain abdominal or neck injuries, for example.

  • Adjust the seat properly before beginning your journey.
  • Always ensure that the seat backrest is in an almost vertical position and that the shoulder section of your seat belt is routed across the center of your shoulder.

 

WARNING Risk of injury or death when additional restraint systems are not used for persons with a smaller build
Persons under 5 ft (1.50 m) tall cannot wear the seat belt correctly without a suitable additional restraint system.

If the seat belt is not worn correctly, it cannot perform its intended protective function.

In addition, an incorrectly fastened seat belt can also cause injuries, for example, in the event of an accident or when braking or changing direction suddenly.

  • Always secure persons under 5 ft (1.50 m) tall in a suitable restraint system.

 

WARNING Risk of injury or death due to damaged or modified seat belts
Seat belts cannot provide protection in the following situations:
  • If the seat belts are damaged, modified, extremely dirty, bleached or dyed
  • If the seat belt buckle is damaged or extremely dirty
  • If the Emergency Tensioning Devices, seat belt anchorages or seat belt retractors have been modified

Seat belts may be damaged in an accident, although the damage may not be visible, e.g.

due to splinters of glass.

Modified or damaged seat belts may tear or fail, e.g. in an accident.

Modified Emergency Tensioning Devices can accidentally trigger or fail to function as intended.

  • Never modify the seat belts, Emergency Tensioning Devices, seat belt anchorages or seat belt retractors.
  • Make sure that the seat belts are undamaged, not worn and clean.
  • Always have the seat belts checked immediately after an accident at a qualified specialist workshop.

Only use seat belts which have been approved for your vehicle by Mercedes-Benz.

WARNING Risk of injury or death from deployed pyrotechnic Emergency Tensioning Devices
Pyrotechnic Emergency Tensioning Devices that have been deployed are no longer operational and are unable to perform their intended protective function.
  • Therefore, have deployed pyrotechnic Emergency Tensioning Devices immediately replaced at a qualified specialist workshop.

Mercedes-Benz recommends that you have the vehicle towed to a qualified specialist workshop after an accident.

NOTE Damage caused by trapping the seat be
If an unused seat belt is not fully retracted, it may become trapped in the door or in the seat mechanism.
  • Always ensure that an unused seat belt is fully retracted.

Releasing the rear passenger compartment center seat belt

If the left-hand rear seat backrest is folded down and back up again, it may not be possible to pull out the rear passenger compartment center seat belt. The seat belt must be released.

  • Pull the seat belt out approximately 1 in (25 mm) at the seat belt outlet on the seat backrest and then release it again.

    The seat belt is retracted and released.

    Protection provided by the seat belt

    Fastening and adjusting the seat belts

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