Curtain airbags are designed to protect the driver’s and passenger’s heads in a crash.
How do they work?
The curtain airbag activates instantaneously in the event of a side impact crash, deploying from the top of the door rails above the side window. They form a cushion between the driver or passenger and the window and stay in place if the car rolls over to protect their head.
Why do I need them?
Research conducted in the USA estimates that head protecting airbags can reduce driver deaths in the event of a side impact crash by close to 40%*. Without them, in a side impact crash there is little to protect your head from striking the side of the car or rigid objects like trees or poles.
How are curtain airbags different to other types of airbags?
Curtain airbags are one type of head protecting side airbag. There are other kinds too, such as combination head and torso designs.