Crash-responsive head restraints standard in four Mercedes model series
With the new NECK-PRO head restraints, Mercedes-Benz is making a further important contribution to occupant safety.
The crash-responsive head restraints are part of standard specification in the C-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class and E-Class.The NECK-PRO head restraints are linked to an electronic control unit: if the sensor system detects a rear-end collision of a predefined degree of severity, it releases pre-tensioned springs inside the head restraints, causing the latter to move forwards by 40 millimetres and upwards by 30 millimetres in a split-second; this has the effect of providing support for the heads of front seat occupants at an early stage. In this way, Mercedes-Benz has improved the level of protection for the occupants in a rear-end collision and reduced the risk of whiplash injuries.Following the deployment of NECK-PRO, the head restraints can be released using a special tool provided with the car, and can then be pushed back manually to their original positions.
The new crash-responsive head restraints for the driver and front passenger are standard equipment in the C-Class Saloon and Estate, the CLK-Class Coupé and Cabriolet, The E-Class Saloon and Estate and in the four-door CLS Coupé
Maximising safety for all road users
NECK-PRO: increased protection of cervical vertebrae
NECK-PRO is a sensor-controlled, crash-responsive head restraint which is activated when a rear impact is detected. If the sensors detect a collision of a certain, pre-defined severity, they activate preloaded springs inside the head restraint. These springs then help to push the padded areas of the head restraints forwards and upwards to support the heads of the front passengers at an early stage and help to prevent overbending of the cervical vertebrae.