Automotive Curtain Airbags Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Automotive Curtain Airbags is segmented by Application (Torso Curtain Airbags, Head Curtain Airbags, and Combo Curtain Airbags), End User (OEM and Aftermarket), Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars (Hatchback, Sedan, Sports Utility Vehicles, and Other Passenger Cars) and Commercial Vehicles), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Automotive Curtain Airbags Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: >5.5 %
Automotive Curtain Airbags Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The automotive curtain airbags market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5.5% during the forecast period, 2020 - 2025.

  • Nearly a decade ago, airbag systems were mainly deployed in the luxury segment vehicles. Currently, the situation has entirely changed due to the increasing pressure from regulatory bodies, intense competition in the market, and the rising concerns of consumers about safety. These pressures intensify the long-standing significance for car manufacturers to include the airbag system in every car regardless of its market segment.
  • In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) introduced new regulations for adopting side and curtain airbags, which were mandated for all vehicles, by 2018. Additionally, many automobile manufacturers have been investing significantly in research and development for the manufacture of affordable and advanced airbag inflators, to meet the increasing demand for side and curtain airbag systems.
  • Vehicle manufacturers have been offering more number of airbags in cars, due to which the usage of airbags has jumped up to three times in the last three to four years. Almost every new car that has been launched in the last couple of years has at least one airbag (driver side) while some also have curtain airbags, especially in the developing countries.
  • The increasing number of road accidents has led to the mandatory installation of airbags by the OEMs. Also, an increase in awareness among people and technological advancements is expected to create a demand for curtain airbags over the forecast period.

Scope of the report

The automotive curtain airbags market covers the increasing adoption of curtain airbags in both the passenger cars and commercial vehicles, the impact of government regulations on manufacturers, initiatives taken by the government to boost curtain airbag adoption, new product developments, and competitive landscape of players operating in the market studied. Additionally, the report has been segmented by application, end user, vehicle type, and geography.

Torso Curtain Airbags
Head Curtain Airbags
Combo Curtain Airbags
End User
Vehicle Type
Sports Utility Vehicle
Other Vehicle Types (Pick-up Trucks, MPVs, etc.)
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Penetration of Curtain Airbags in Sports Utility Vehicles

Curtain airbags have been placed at the front pillars, roof sides, and the rear pillars. It deploys simultaneously with the side airbag to protect the driver’s or passenger’s head, and it minimizes injury in the event of a side collision. Curtain airbags have been majorly deployed in SUVs and Vans compared to other vehicle types. However, with the growing safety standards across all vehicle types, curtain airbags are likely to see growth in the market studied during the forecast period, owing to its increasing adoption in mini-cars to heavy-duty trucks in the coming years. Federal regulation on side-impact protection requires a certain level of head and torso protection for all occupants. While it does not specifically mandate side airbags, the required protection is typically achieved with them. As of the 2014 model year, virtually all new passenger vehicles must comply with this regulation. As a result, most passenger vehicles come with side airbags as standard equipment.

Side impact crashes at intersections account for approximately 22% of all major crash types where people are killed or seriously injured. The availability of curtain airbags has increased significantly. The number of new vehicles sold in Victoria with curtain airbags has risen from 24% in 2006 to 64% in early 2011.

A study of crashes in Australia found that side airbags with head and torso protection reduce a car driver's risk of death or injury in driver-side crashes by 41%. Similar trends were found in an NHTSA study, which have been focusing on the fatality risk to drivers and right-front-seat passenger vehicles involved in nearside crashes. Curtain airbags and torso airbags together reduce the risk of death by 31%, and the combination head/torso airbags reduce the risk by 25%.

Automotive Curtain Airbags Market Key Trends

Europe Holds a Significant Market Share

Europe is the largest market for curtain airbags and is expected to register a CAGR of over 4.5% during the forecast period. With the growing consumer acceptance, advancement in technology, and lower prices, the market for curtain airbags has been witnessing a boost of growth in the region. Germany is the largest automotive hub in Europe, and it is a strategically important market for curtain airbags. Germany boasts of 41 automotive assembly plants, and thus, experiences augmented demand for curtain airbags. Other key contributors to the European market are France, Russia, Spain, and Italy.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing market for automotive curtain airbags and stores potential growth opportunities for market expansion. The rise in disposable income of consumers in the emerging economies, such as China and India, has been encouraging them to indulge in high-end cars that have curtain bags. The high adoption rate of passive safety systems and the rapid growth of the automotive industry support the growth of the market studied in China.

Automotive Curtain Airbags Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The automotive curtain airbags market is dominated by several players, such as Visteon Corporation, Continental AG, Autoliv Inc., Delphi Technologies, Neaton Auto Products Manufacturing Inc., and Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd, among others. These companies have been expanding their business by innovative and better quality curtain airbags so that they can have an edge over their competitors.

  • In January 2019, Continental AG announced to expand its business in an Indian plant in Bengaluru to develop airbag control units, which have been designed on a modular safety platform called SPEED (Safety Platform for Efficient & Economical Design) that matches all market requirement.
  • In July 2017, Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd jointly developed a new side airbag together with Toyota Motor Corporation, which has been attributing to vehicle crash safety assessment conformity in each region of the world and can be shared by various vehicle models. For instance, it is used on the new Toyota Camry and is scheduled for future use on about 2.5 million vehicles annually, including other models.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Torso Curtain Airbags

      2. 5.1.2 Head Curtain Airbags

      3. 5.1.3 Combo Curtain Airbags

    2. 5.2 End User

      1. 5.2.1 OEM

      2. 5.2.2 Aftermarket

    3. 5.3 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.3.1 Hatchback

      2. 5.3.2 Sedan

      3. 5.3.3 Sports Utility Vehicle

      4. 5.3.4 Other Vehicle Types (Pick-up Trucks, MPVs, etc.)

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Visteon Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 Continental AG

      3. 6.2.3 Autoliv Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Delphi Technologies

      5. 6.2.5 Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd

      6. 6.2.6 East Joy Long Motor

      7. 6.2.7 Takata Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Neaton Auto Products Manufacturing Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 Sumitomo Corporation

      10. 6.2.10 TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Automotive Curtain Airbags Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Automotive Curtain Airbags Market is growing at a CAGR of >5.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

Visteon Corporation, Continental AG, Autoliv, Inc., Delphi Technologies, Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd are the major companies operating in Automotive Curtain Airbags Market.

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