Earlier this December, Wang Zhan, a man in Luoyang, Henan Province of China, organized a press conference beside the banks of the Yellow River, aka the Mother River of Chinese people, where he vowed to only use goods made in China for the rest of his life. On June 5th, Wang’s Mercedes-Benz S350 rear-ended a DongFeng van. None of the S350’s airbags deployed, which resulted in Wang and his daughter visiting the hospital after the crash.
Wang then contacted Zhengzhou Star, the local sales company and headquarters of Mercedes-Benz China, about the airbag failure he encountered, but didn’t get a satisfactory answer. The banner Wang had in his hand read “Only use goods made in China for the rest of my life” and the one behind him read, “Mercedes-Benz, with over a hundred years of history, is a good brand in name, but not in reality.”
Quite surprising, but this is not the first time I have heard about airbags failing to deploy in German cars. Seems like they are loosing their credibility when it comes to safety and reliability. From the picture, I’m curious to know how the DongFeng van fared in the accident, and judging from how the Mercedes looks, it is quite obvious the driver was speeding, or is that just the crumple zone?
Source: Winding Road