Date of printing:

05/16/2022

Online Owner's Manual [In depth | Transporting loads with the vehicle | Securing loads]

Owner's Manual version: 06-13

Note: The online Owner's Manual is the latest version available. Deviations between this manual and items specific to your vehicle may occur since Mercedes-Benz constantly adapts its vehicles to the latest technology and modifies design and equipment. Please note that this online Owner's Manual does not under any circumstances replace the printed Owner's Manual which is supplied with the vehicle.

Securing loads

Important safety notes

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WARNING

If you attach the lashing strap incorrectly when securing the load, the following may occur in the event of abrupt changes in direction, braking manoeuvres or an accident:

  • the lashing eyelets may become detached or the lashing strap may tear if the permissible load is exceeded

  • the load may not be restrained.

This may cause the load to slip, tip over or be tossed about, striking vehicle occupants. There is a risk of an accident and injury.

Always tension the lashing straps in the proper manner and only between the described lashing eyelets. Always use lashing straps designed specifically for the loads.

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Observe the notes regarding the maximum load capacity of individual lashing points.

If you combine several lashing points to secure a load, you must always observe the maximum loading capacity of the weakest lashing point.

For example, when the brakes are fully applied, forces act which can be many times that of the weight force of the load. To distribute the load evenly, always use several lashing points. Load the lashing points as evenly as possible.

Spread the load evenly across lashing points/lashing eyelets. Notes on the maximum loading capacity of the lashing points can be found in the "Technical data" section more.

Do not attempt to modify or repair the lashing points/lashing eyelets or lashing materials. Read the information on qualified specialist workshops more.

As the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that:

  • the load is secured against slipping, tipping, rolling or falling off in normal traffic conditions, should the vehicle swerve to avoid an obstacle, in the event of full brake application and on poor road surfaces.

  • The applicable requirements and guidelines relating to load-securing practices must be met.

    If this is not the case, this may constitute a punishable offence, depending on local legislation and any ensuing consequences.

    You should therefore observe the respective legal requirements for the relevant country.

Make sure that the load is secure before every journey and at regular intervals during a long journey. Adjust the load as necessary.

Always observe the operating instructions or the notes of the lashing strap manufacturer for the operation of the lashing strap.

You can obtain information about securing the load correctly from the manufacturer of the load-securing aids or lashing material.

Also observe the safety information in the loading directions more.

Fill spaces between the load and the load compartment walls or wheel arches. For this purpose use rigid load securing aids, such as wedges, wooden fixings or padding.

Attach secured and stabilised loads in all directions to lashing points or lashing eyelets and the guide rails or loading rails in the load compartment.

Only use lashing material, such as lashing rods or lashing nets and lashing straps, which has been tested in accordance with current standards (e.g. DIN EN).

Always use the lashing eyelets closest to the load and pad sharp edges for protection.

Loads, and heavy loads in particular, should preferably be secured using the lashing eyelets.

Lashing material tested in accordance with current standards (e.g. DIN EN) can be obtained from any specialist firm or Mercedes-Benz Service Centre.

images/img4b382706351f1514252a921bb9f7ee2b_1_--_--_JPG72.jpg Lashing points (example: panel van)
mbsymb6_inv_003a.png Load rails
mbsymb6_inv_003b.png Lashing eyelets
images/img3aa472bdcfa0f07b351f191501d46eeb_1_--_--_JPG72.jpg Variable lashing points in the guide/loading rails (example: guide rails on a crewbus)
mbsymb6_inv_003d.png Lashing eyelets
images/img374387a0ab109104351f19156afed443_1_--_--_JPG72.jpg Fixed lashing points in the seat anchorages (example: crewbus)
mbsymb6_inv_003f.png Lashing eyelets

If your vehicle is equipped with guide/loading rails mbsymb6_inv_003a.png in the load compartment floor, you can place lashing rods directly in front of and behind the load. The lashing rods directly absorb the potential shifting forces.

Securing loads on the load compartment floor by lashing them down is only recommended for lightweight loads. Lay anti-slip mats underneath the load to secure the load additionally.

Fitting/removing lashing eyelets for the guide or load rail

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WARNING

If the lashing eyelet is not properly fitted, it may slip or become detached in the event of abrupt changes in direction, braking manoeuvres or an accident. This may cause objects, luggage or the load to slip, tip over or be tossed about, striking vehicle occupants. There is a risk of injury.

Before using the lashing eyelets, always make sure they are properly fitted and cannot be moved.

images/imgef598669cfa261e5351f191546ca2ee1_1_--_--_JPG72.jpg Guide rails and loading rails (example: crewbus with guide rails) images/img3449a1fbcfa32f8e351f19155e286e95_1_--_--_JPG72.jpg Lashing eyelet for guide rails and loading rails

Fitting

Turn metal ring mbsymb6_inv_003d.png so that it is parallel to the longitudinal axis of lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png as illustrated.

The locking pin can only be pushed down sufficiently if the metal ring is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the lashing eyelet. If it is not, the lashing eyelet cannot be fitted, moved or removed.

Hold lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png between your forefinger and middle finger as illustrated and place your thumb through metal ring mbsymb6_inv_003d.png and on the central pressure point.

With your thumb, push the locking pin down as far as it will go.

Push lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png through the notches of guide/loading rail mbsymb6_inv_003a.png close to the load and slide it about 12 mm.

Remove your thumb from the pressure point and slide lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png until it engages.

Turn metal ring mbsymb6_inv_003d.png so that it is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png.

The locking pin cannot be pushed down if the metal ring is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the lashing eyelet. This prevents the lashing eyelet from being released unintentionally, e.g. if the lashing eyelet is trodden on.

Check lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png is seated correctly.

The lashing eyelet cannot be moved.

Removing

Turn metal ring mbsymb6_inv_003d.png so that it is parallel to the longitudinal axis of lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png.

Grip lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png as described above under fitting and, with your thumb, push the locking pin down as far as it will go.

Slide lashing eyelet mbsymb6_inv_003b.png and pull it up and out through the notches of guide/loading rail mbsymb6_inv_003a.png.

Lashing straps

Important safety notes

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WARNING

If you attach the lashing strap incorrectly when securing the load, the following may occur in the event of abrupt changes in direction, braking manoeuvres or an accident:

  • the lashing eyelets may become detached or the lashing strap may tear if the permissible load is exceeded

  • the load may not be restrained.

This may cause the load to slip, tip over or be tossed about, striking vehicle occupants. There is a risk of an accident and injury.

Always tension the lashing straps in the proper manner and only between the described lashing eyelets. Always use lashing straps designed specifically for the loads.

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Observe the notes regarding the maximum load capacity of individual lashing points.

If you combine several lashing points to secure a load, you must always observe the maximum loading capacity of the weakest lashing point.

For example, when the brakes are fully applied, forces act which can be many times that of the weight force of the load. To distribute the load evenly, always use several lashing points. Load the lashing points as evenly as possible.

Always observe the operating instructions or the notes of the lashing strap manufacturer for the operation of the lashing strap.

Securing loads on the load compartment floor by lashing them down is only recommended for lightweight loads. Lay anti-slip mats underneath the load to secure the load additionally.

Notes and information on:

  • the operation of the lashing eyelets and lashing points can be found in the "Securing a load" section more

  • the maximum loading capacity of the lashing points can be found in the "Technical data" section more

  • the maximum loading capacity of the lashing strap can be found on the lashing strap label.

    If the label is missing or illegible, the lashing strap is ready to be discarded. Such a lashing strap must be removed from use.

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If stickers have been included in the delivery:

Clean the surface before sticker mbsymb6_inv_003a.png is affixed.

The stickers must be affixed to a flat, metallic surface free from grease and dust.

Affix stickers mbsymb6_inv_003a.png on every side of the vehicle in close proximity to the loading rails in a clearly visible location.

Tensioning strap

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Observe the important safety notes more and the notes in the "Securing a load" section more.

To tighten the tensioning strap: press tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003d.png and keep it pressed.

Guide tensioning strap mbsymb6_inv_003a.png between tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003d.png and brace mbsymb6_inv_003b.png as illustrated and tighten it.

Release tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003d.png.

To release the tensioning strap: press tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003d.png and pull tensioning strap mbsymb6_inv_003a.png out from the strap buckle.

Ratchet strap

images/img3a0c6574836bdef7351f1915511ac88a_1_--_--_JPG72.jpg Tensioning lever fastened in detent position

Always observe the operating instructions or the notes of the manufacturer for the operation of the ratchet strap.

To release the tensioning lever: press stop slider mbsymb6_inv_003d.png outwards in the direction of the arrow and swing tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003b.png from detent position mbsymb6_inv_0031.png to the desired position.

To tighten the ratchet strap: release tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003b.png and open it.

images/imgbe8ce9de836c3c73351f19151f4548b2_1_--_--_JPG72.jpg Threading and tensioning

Guide ratchet strap mbsymb6_inv_003f.png through slotted shaft mbsymb6_inv_0041.png from behind as illustrated and tighten it.

Swing tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003b.png back and forth until the ratchet strap has wound around slotted shaft mbsymb6_inv_0041.png two to three times.

Press stop slider mbsymb6_inv_003d.png outwards in the direction of the arrow and swing tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003b.png to detent position mbsymb6_inv_0031.png.

Release stop slider mbsymb6_inv_003d.png.

The ratchet is closed and engaged.

images/img05cea720ac62670f35477e68743a743a_1_--_--_JPG72.jpg Tensioning lever in the release position

To release the ratchet strap: release tensioning lever mbsymb6_inv_003b.png and swing it into release position mbsymb6_inv_0037.png.

Lock stop slider mbsymb6_inv_003d.png engages in end recess mbsymb6_inv_0042.png and slotted shaft mbsymb6_inv_0041.png can move freely.

Pull ratchet strap mbsymb6_inv_003f.png out of the ratchet.

Notes

Date of printing:

05/16/2022

Online Owner's Manual [In depth | Transporting loads with the vehicle | Securing loads]

Owner's Manual version: 06-13

Note: The online Owner's Manual is the latest version available. Deviations between this manual and items specific to your vehicle may occur since Mercedes-Benz constantly adapts its vehicles to the latest technology and modifies design and equipment. Please note that this online Owner's Manual does not under any circumstances replace the printed Owner's Manual which is supplied with the vehicle.