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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owners Manual: Protection by the airbags

Depending on the accident situation, an airbag may supplement the protection offered by a correctly fastened seat belt.

WARNING Risk of injury or death due to incorrect seat position
If you deviate from the correct seat position, the air bag cannot perform its intended protective function and deployment may even cause further injuries.

To avoid hazardous situations, always make sure that all vehicle occupants:

  • Have their seat belt fastened correctly, including pregnant women.
  • Are seated properly and that distance to the air bags is as large as possible.
  • Observe the following information.
  • Always make sure that there are no objects between the air bag and the vehicle occupant.

To avoid the risks resulting from the deployment of an airbag, each vehicle occupant must observe the following information:

  • Before starting your journey, adjust your seat correctly; the driver's seat and frontpassenger seat should be moved as far back as possible.

    When doing so, always observe the information on the correct driver's seat position.

  • Only hold the steering wheel by the steering wheel rim. This allows the airbag to be fully deployed.
  • Always lean against the seat backrest when the vehicle is in motion. Do not lean forwards or against the door or side window. You may otherwise be in the deployment area of the airbags.
  • Always keep your feet on the floor. Do not put your feet on the cockpit, for example.

    Your feet may otherwise be in the deployment area of the airbag.

  • If children are traveling in the vehicle, observe the additional notes.
  • Always stow and secure objects correctly.

Objects in the vehicle interior may prevent an airbag from functioning correctly. Each vehicle occupant must always make sure of the following:

  • There are no people, animals or objects between the vehicle occupants and an airbag.
  • There are no objects between the seat, door and door pillar (B-pillar).
  • There are no hard objects, e.g. coat hangers, hanging on the grab handles or coat hooks.
  • There are no accessory parts, such as PNDs (Personal Navigation Devices), mobile phones or cup holders attached to the vehicle within the deployment area of an airbag, e.g. on the cockpit, on doors, side windows or side paneling.

    In addition, no connecting cable, tensioning strap or retaining strap may be routed through or attached in the deployment area of an airbag. Always observe the accessory manufacturer's installation instructions, in particular the information on suitable places for installation.

  • There are no heavy, sharp-edged or fragile objects in the pockets of your clothing. Store such objects in a suitable place.
    Overview of airbags

    Limited protection from airbags

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