Safety pioneer Mercedes-Benz has once again improved on the seat belt – the safest feature in any vehicle today. This time focusing their attention on the rear seats, Mercedes-Benz engineers have put together a new feature that will go into series production in one of Mercedes’ luxury model.
The new safety feature includes an electric-motor that extends and retracts seat rear seat belt buckles automatically.
“In this way, the belt slack in the area of the pelvis and thorax can be reduced and passengers are secured more firmly in sideways and lengthways directions,” Mercedes-Benz said in a statement. “Active seat-belt buckle fits in with Mercedes-Benz’s integrated safety concept. In keeping with an all-embracing approach to safety, this concept covers all phases of automotive safety: from safety during driving through safety in hazardous situations and protection in the event of an accident to minimisation of the consequences of accidents.”
As soon as the rear doors are opened the rear seat belt buckle emerges from the upholstery and lights up the insertion slot for easier access.
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