What's the difference between a side airbag and a side curtain airbag?

What’s the difference between a side airbag and a side curtain airbag? Are they the same thing?

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Every year we’re seeing more automakers include side-impact and side curtain airbags as standard equipment. Their value as safety features are continuously proved by crash investigators like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A side curtain airbag inflates the full area of the window to protect your head from hitting the window or frame pillar in a side-impact collision. They’re usually deployed from the top of the window and drape over the entire glass. Side curtain airbags can stay inflated after a collision in case of a rollover.

A side-impact airbag protects a specific area, such as your head, chest or legs, by deploying from the side of the seat or door. Both types of inflatable restraints can be placed in the front or rear seats, depending on the vehicle.

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Answered by Patrick Olsen on April 11, 2007 in What Does This Mean? | Permalink

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