Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2010 GLK350 4matic->2012 E550 4matic
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C320 4matic serious accident
Human Crash Test Dummies
A couple who wish to remain anonymous had been involved in a serious accident. The couple shared their experience with the folks at the local Mercedes-Benz dealer while they were purchasing their replacement vehicle (edited to remove names and locations).
As offered and requested during our meeting with you yesterday, attached is a copy of the photographs (photo on the website) my wife and I showed to you of our C320 4MATIC after our accident on Saturday, December 27, 2003. As mentioned, my wife and I were fully stopped in traffic on Route 91 North, when we were hit from behind by a 4X4 truck moving at approximately 65-70 MPH. The truck driver admitted to the Connecticut State Policeman that he had been looking at a billboard and never saw the line of traffic stopped in front of him. The force of the impact pushed our car into a large commercial van stopped in front of us. As the photographs rather dramatically show, the Mercedes combination of crumple zones, passenger compartment safety cage, and seat/seat belt tensioners design clearly saved our lives.
The emergency medical technicians who first arrived on the scene all told us that, upon observing the extensive amount of the damage to both rear and front end of our car, they presumed that they were going to find the occupants dead. They were astounded to watch as I opened my driver side door and stood up, albeit it rather slowly.
As with all of our prior Mercedes-Benz automobiles, my wife's 2004 C320 was purchased largely based on the safety offered by the product line. While the appearance and handling (and mileage of my E class diesel) are all wonderful and attributes which make the cars a pleasure to drive, the design and construction of the safety features make the cars the best conservative choice to protect driver and passengers on today's high-speed, cell phone-distracted roadways. A number of our friends laughingly refer to our two Mercedes as our "tanks"; however, especially referring to the accident this week, all of them acknowledge that being in any other car than our little "tank" would have resulted in our being killed.
Please convey our thanks to the Mercedes-Benz design and engineering team (they should be very proud of their achievements) and feel free to use the pictures as proof of concept testimony from two very grateful live crash test dummies.
(Name withheld by request.)