From its patented high-strength steel tridion safety cell to the intuitive crash management system, smart is an unbig vehicle that helps give you complete protection.
the smart safety concept.
Every smart is crammed with engineering designed by the forward-thinking safety pioneers at Mercedes-Benz to meet the strongest industry standards and beyond. Meet the awesome features that come standard with every smart below.
patented tridion safety cell:
Inspired by racecar roll cages, the reinforced high-strength steel tridion safety cell is engineered to be a barrier between you and pretty much anything else you might encounter. It evenly distributes crash energy so you’ll have peace of mind.
crash management system:
Seat belt tensioners, belt force limiters and a collapsible steering column make for a completely protective car that’s thought of everything. Speaking of thinking. In the event of a crash, smart makes decisions quickly by automatically shutting off the engine, turning on the hazards lights and unlocking the doors.
smart’s Electronic Stability Program means you stay steady, even if the road isn’t so friendly. If you’re ever in danger of swerving, the ESP recognizes the danger before you do and reacts automatically. It throttles the engine and brakes the wheels to keep you in control, especially in the most shaky conditions.
Mercedes-Benz invented the airbag back in 1981. Building on 30 years of airbag innovation, they equipped smart with 8 full-size airbags (6 in the cabriolet). Top-to-bottom. Side-to-side. Up-and-down. Everyone inside a smart enjoys all around safety.
Things can pop up out of nowhere especially while you’re driving. So, smart’s Anti-Lock Braking System prevents the wheels from locking during braking. This allows you to steer safely and stay in control.
safe is as smart does.
Sometimes, accidents happen. Listen as our owners explain how their smart keeps them super safe.
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Driving home from her baby shower, Li was hit by a car going 50 mph. But, thanks to her trusty smart, she (and her unborn baby boy) walked away unharmed.watch more stories >
the best from our besties.
smart is forward-thinking. Dare we say revolutionary? Our owners are no different. Take a look at some of our favorite stories from our most devoted enthusiasts.
I was cruising along a two-lane highway in my 2011 smart passion coupe. The pick-up truck in front of me was hauling a large couch in its trailer, so naturally, I kept a safe distance. Suddenly, the truck hit a bump and the couch flew out of the back.
I had three options: swerve into oncoming traffic, plow into the snow bank to my right, or hit the brakes and face the couch.
The couch it was. The impact was immense, and it sent my car towards a ditch. But I was able to stop safely on the side of the road. I looked myself over and was relieved to see I was unharmed. And to my surprise, my smart was hardly damaged. In the days that followed, I learned why.
The smart’s shorter front-end helped push the couch away from my car, rather than up in the air, which would have aimed it towards my windshield and caused more serious damage. I’ve told many people this story, and they’re always surprised at how my little smart stood up to such a big impact. But I’ve always felt safe in my smart, and I’m so thankful I was driving it that day.
It was a beautiful summer evening outside Chicago, and I was on my way home from work. Traffic was moving quickly as I approached the Naper Boulevard interchange, like I had done time and time before. But this time was different. I remember a black shadow moving across my rear window – not an unusual occurrence with the road’s multiple lanes. Then, things went a little foggy.
I don’t recall the initial impact. But I remember gripping tight on the steering wheel and coming to a stop next to the highway’s sound wall.
A few kind strangers waited for the ambulance with me, but I was quickly discharged from the hospital with minor cuts and bruises. It was clear that the other driver, who was merging carelessly, had sideswiped my passenger side. He never looked over to check the lane he was entering. And the smart’s safety features, including its multiple airbags, helped protect me from any serious harm.
My insurance covered a trade-up to a replacement car. And after how it performed in my accident, there was no doubt I was getting another smart. I even upgraded to a cabriolet!
Since the accident, I’ve had several people ask me, “How could you drive something so unsafe?” My response is always, without hesitation, “This is my second smart. And I truly feel the first one saved my life.”
Ready to take one for a spin? Pop into a smart dealer. They’ll be happy to arrange a test drive and even help with leasing or financing.find a dealer >