How the occupant classification system works

The Occupant Classification System (OCS) categorizes the occupant on the frontpassenger seat by means of a weight sensor.

The front-passenger front air bag is deactivated automatically for certain weight categories. The lamp shows you the current status. If the indicator lamp shows you the current status. If the the front-passenger front air bag is indicator lamp is illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag is deactivated.

The system does not deactivate:
Х the side impact air bag
Х the window curtain air bag
Х the Emergency Tensioning Devices

To be classified correctly, the front passenger must sit:
Х with the seat belt fastened correctly
Х in a position that is as upright as possible with their back against the seat backrest
Х with their feet on the floor

If the front-passenger's weight is transferred to another object in the vehicle (e.g. by leaning on armrests), OCS may not be able to approximate the occupant's weight category.

If the front-passenger seat, the seat cover or the seat cushion are damaged, have the necessary repair work carried out at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

For safety reasons, Mercedes-Benz recommends that you only use seat accessories which have been approved by Mercedes-Benz.

Both the driver and the passenger should always use the lamp as an indication of whether or not the indicator lamp as an indication of whether or not the passenger is properly positioned.

WARNING
If the
up indicator lamp lights up when an adult or someone larger than a small individual is in the front-passenger seat, have the front passenger reposition himself or herself in the seat until the indicator lamp goes out. indicator lamp goes out.
In the event of a collision, the air bag control unit will not allow front-passenger front air bag deployment when the OCS has classified the front-passenger seat occupant as weighing as much as or less than a typical 12- month-old child in a standard child restraint or if the front-passenger seat is classified as being empty.
When the OCS senses that the frontpassenger seat occupant is classified as being up to or less than the weight of a typical 12-month-old child in a standard child restraint, the
lamp indicator lamp will illuminate when the engine is started and remain illuminated, indicating that the frontpassenger front air bag is deactivated.
When the OCS senses that the frontpassenger seat is classified as being empty, the
illuminate when the engine is started and indicator lamp will illuminate when the engine is started and remain illuminated, indicating that the frontpassenger front air bag is deactivated.
When the OCS senses that the frontpassenger seat occupant is classified as being heavier than the weight of a typical 12- month-old child seated in a standard child restraint or as being a small individual (such as a young teenager or a small adult), the
illuminate indicator lamp will illuminate for approximately 6 seconds when the engine is started and then, depending on occupant weight sensor readings from the frontpassenger seat, remain illuminated or go out.
With the
illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag indicator lamp illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag is deactivated. With the indicator lamp out, the front-passenger front indicator lamp out, the front-passenger front air bag is activated.
When the OCS senses that the frontpassenger seat occupant is classified as an adult or someone larger than a small individual, the
lamp indicator lamp will illuminate for approximately 6 seconds when the engine is started and then go out, indicating that the front-passenger front air bag is activated.
If the
illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag indicator lamp is illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag is deactivated and will not be deployed.
If the
illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag indicator lamp is not illuminated, the front-passenger front air bag is activated and will be deployed:
Х in the event of certain frontal impacts
Х impact exceeds a preset deployment threshold
Х independently of the side impact air bags
If the front-passenger front air bag is deployed, the rate of inflation will be influenced by:
Х the rate of vehicle deceleration as assessed by the air bag control unit
Х the front passenger's weight category as identified by OCS

For further information, see "Air bag display messages".

WARNING
According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained on the rear seats than on the front-passenger seat. Thus, we strongly recommend that children be placed in the rear seats whenever possible.
Regardless of seating position, children 12 years old and under must be seated and properly secured in an appropriately sized child restraint system or booster seat recommended for the size and weight of the child.
The infant or child restraint system must be properly secured with the vehicle's seat belt, the seat belt and Top Tether strap, or lower anchors and Top Tether strap, fully in accordance with the child seat manufacturer's instructions.
Occupants, especially children, should always sit as upright as possible, wear the seat belt properly and use an appropriate sized infant restraint, toddler restraint, or booster seat recommended for the size and weight of the child.
Children can be killed or seriously injured by an inflating air bag. Note the following important information when circumstances require you to place a child in the frontpassenger seat:
Х Your vehicle is equipped with air bag technology designed to deactivate the front-passenger front air bag in your vehicle when the system senses the weight of a typical 12-month-old child or less along with the weight of a standard appropriate child restraint on the front-passenger seat.
Х A child in a rear-facing child restraint on the front-passenger seat will be seriously injured or even killed if the front-passenger front air bag inflates in a collision which could occur under some circumstances, even with the air bag technology installed in your vehicle. The only means to eliminate this risk completely is never to place a child in a rear-facing child restraint in the frontpassenger seat. We therefore strongly recommend that you always place a child in a rear-facing child restraint on the rear seat.
Х If you install a rear-facing child restraint on the front-passenger seat, make sure the
illuminated, indicating that the frontpassenger indicator lamp is illuminated, indicating that the frontpassenger front air bag is deactivated.
Should the
not illuminate or go out while the restraint indicator lamp not illuminate or go out while the restraint is installed, please check installation.
Periodically check the
indicator lamp while driving to make sure indicator lamp while driving to make sure the illuminated. If the indicator lamp is illuminated. If the indicator indicator lamp goes out or remains out, do not transport a child on the front-passenger seat until the system has been repaired.
A child in a rear-facing child restraint on the front-passenger seat will be seriously injured or even killed if the front-passenger front air bag inflates.
Х If you place a child in a forward-facing child restraint on the front-passenger seat:
- move the seat as far back as possible
- use the proper child restraint recommended for the age, size and weight of the child
- secure child restraint with the vehicle's seat belt according to the child seat manufacturer's instructions
Х For children larger than a typical 12-monthold child, the front-passenger front air bag can be activated or deactivated.

If the driver's air bag deploys, this does not mean that the front-passenger front air bag also has to deploy.

The OCS may have detected that the seat:
Х was empty or occupied by a person with a weight of up to or less than that of a typical 12-month-old child seated in a standard child restraint
Х was occupied by a small individual, such as a young teenager or a small adult
Х was occupied by a child in a child restraint system, whose weight is greater than that of a typical 12-month-old child.

These are examples of when the OCS deactivates the front-passenger front air bag.

Deactivation takes place although the collision fulfills the criteria for deploying the driver's air bag.

If the SmartKey has been removed from the

If the SmartKey has been removed from the ignition lock or is in position 0, indicator lamp WARNING 1 does not light up.

WARNING
If the red SRS
lamp in the indicator lamp in the instrument cluster and the indicator lamp are lit at the same time, there indicator lamp are lit at the same time, there is a malfunction in the OCS. The front passenger front air bag will be deactivated in this case. Have the system checked by qualified technicians as soon as possible.
Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
Only have the seat repaired or replaced at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
In order to ensure proper operation of the air bag system and OCS:
Х Sit with the seat belt properly fastened in a position that is as upright as possible with your back against the seat backrest.
Х When seated, a passenger should not position him/herself in such a way as to cause the passenger's weight to be lifted from the seat cushion as this may result in the OCS being unable to correctly approximate the passenger's weight category.
Х Read and observe all warnings in this chapter.

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