Glossary of Safety Terms: Side Curtain Airbags
Side Curtain Airbags
What it is: The natural complement to side airbags, Side Curtain airbags help protect the heads of the driver and outboard passengers in certain side impacts. They are hidden above the headliner, directly above the side windows.
How it works: As with frontal and side airbags, Curtain Side airbags deploy when side-impact sensors trigger an electrical circuit to ignite a gas generator. As they inflate, the Side Curtain airbags descend from the headliner to help offer a protective curtain covering the side windows.
How it benefits the passengers: Head injuries are among the most traumatic kinds of injuries that a person can sustain. Side Curtain airbags help provide a potentially lifesaving layer of protection between the occupant's head and the side pillar of the car, or an object outside of the car.