• Jan 1, 2008
Car accidents inspiring bouts of nationalism aren't all that new. However, this could be the shakiest case of it that we've heard of recently. Wang Zhan, the Chinese owner of a Mercedes S350, rear-ended a DongFeng van. In spite of the rather severe damage done to the car, the airbags didn't deploy, and Zhan and his daughter had to make a trip to the hospital. When the medication wore off, Mr. Zhan knew immediately what he needed to do: hold a press conference and announce that he'd only be buying Chinese goods for the rest of his life.

Based on the damage, it looks like he was doing some serious speed when it happened, and it's clear that the airbags should have deployed. Mr. Zhan said Mercedes never gave him a satisfactory answer as to why they didn't. Still, it happens, and we can imagine a number of other vehicles in which such an accident would have prevented Zhan from doing anything else, ever -- like, oh, some models from China. And we wouldn't mind knowing how the DongFeng van fared. Yet while we all know this never would have happened in a Geely, we might recommend that Zhan perhaps try something from Sweden first...

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      JR- it is most certainly NOT clear that the airbags should have deployed. while it is certainly possible that there was a defect, it's more likely that conditions were just not right to warrant a deployment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think we should show Mr. Wang the Brilliance crash test videos, and then maybe put him in one and use him as a crash test dummy.

      It would make for some good tv....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chinees way to payback
      Mercedes going against smart copys from China..
      Federal Chancellor of Germany Merkel meeting the Dalia Lama ...

      sooner or later something like this would happen.

      The airbags did not deploy because the g sensors did not meansure enough g-force to set the airbags off... the way the s-Class is damaged could happen at low speed if you drive under a truck with no rear bumper...

      this would have happen at little bit higher speed... airbag would have been completely useless

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAWpE2ZggsY
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Mr. Zhan should actually thank Mercedes for saving his head in the accident. Given any other cars (especially the Chinese ones) in the exact same accident, the A-pillars might not hold as well as the S-Class whether the airbag deployed or not.

      Regards,
      • 7 Years Ago
      Theres insufficient damage to warrant airbag deployment here.

      That W221 sure likes like a Passat with its defining bits peeled away.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure this was staged by the Chinese government. They probably made sure to capitalize on this, or they may have even orchestrated this themselves to show that a European car is 'unsafe' even though it technically wasn't even structurally damaged, only cosmetically.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The world toys with led, poison pet food and defective products from now to eternity stamped with 'Made in China' and they get the vehicles Mercedes can't sell anywhere else in the world because they are riddled with defects. Fair is Fair.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I figured the airbags in his mercedes were marked as "Made in China".

        Seriously, if he was instead riding a chinese-made car, would he have survived that crash in the first place?

        "...based on the damage, it looks like he was doing some serious speed when it happened"
        Maybe he should instead be promoting safe driving on that placard he's holding.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If I'm correct, most air bag sensors are located in the front bumper; I don't see damage to the bumper in the picture shown...therefore, no deplyment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you need to Validate you statement, and not look like and ass here. The S- Class vehicles are not " riddled with defects" as you so ignorantly put it. These are $86k- 120k cars. Collision sensors are located in the bumper. Not damaged bumper, no deployed airbags. Beside , only an arrogant moron would be speeding with his children in the car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If I'm correct, most air bag sensors are located in the front bumper; I don't see damage to the bumper in the picture shown...therefore, no deployment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I had to laugh, I researched the Dongfeng commercial vehicles and they are old European designs, Ripppp. Drive chinese hahahaaaaaaaa
      • 7 Years Ago
      The sign he's holding basically says "In this life, I'll only use Chinese goods".

      Stupid mainlanders. These guys aren't exactly geniuses (than Mao for that) and even the Chinese outside of the PRC laugh at these dumbass-es.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know... mainlanders are strange >.>
      • 7 Years Ago
      What kind of Dang Ding Dong drives his Mercedes under a van? lol... Idiot shouldn't be driving in the first place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd also like to know what he was doing to not be able to stop in time for a van that was stopped in front of him. It doesn't say he was pushed into the van, but that he drove into it. Usually in a rear-end collision like that, the driver doing the colliding is either following too closely or not paying attention. More careful driving on his part might have prevented the accident altogether.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A different way of expressing himself but has no sense. The bumper has no damage, this is most probably the reason for no functioning however I know worse accidents like, with a WV Jetta, frontal damage upto the doors but no airbags in charge!
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