Whiplash Protection System Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Whiplash Protection System Market is Segmented by Vehicle type (Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles), by System Type (Reactive Head Restraint, Pro-Active Head Restraint and Others) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Global Whiplash Protection System Market_Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2019
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >12 %

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Market Overview

The Whiplash protection system market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 12% during the forecasted period (2020 - 2025)

  • Whiplash injury is the most common injury in car crashes, more than one million whiplash injuries occur each year due to car crashes. The passive safety systems in vehicles such as airbags and seatbelts have evolved at a swift pace and now OEMs are also including whiplash protection systems. With growing focus on safety systems by customers and governments all over the world, the whiplash protection system market is expected to see high growth rate.
  • Initially whiplash protection systems were offered only in the luxury vehicles due to extreme budget conscious nature of the buyers. As the safety systems are getting advanced and cheaper paired with growing consumer awareness, increase in purchase capacity OEMs have started including this safety feature in budget cars as well.
  • Global automobile sales fell by four percentage in 2019, representing the second consecutive year of declining demand. Before the pandemic hit, it has been estimated that international car sales were on track to reach 80 million sales in 2020; however, as economic woes continue, demand for new motor vehicles is forecasted to be in the negative throughout 2020, but the sales are expected to increase rapidly during the later period of the forecasted period.

Scope of the report

The whiplash protection system market report contains the latest trends, and technological developments in the market, demand by system type, vehicle type, geography, and share of major players across the world.

Vehicle Type
Passenger Cars
Commercial Vehicle
System Type
Reactive Head Restraint
Proactive Head Restraint
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
South Africa
Other Countries

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Key Market Trends

Technological Developments Will Help This Market Grow

The whiplash protection system equipped seat; the entire backrest is designed to protect the front occupant’s neck in case of rear impact. This system uses a specially designed hinge mount that attaches the back rest to the seat bottom, which has a pre-determined rate of rearward movement in the event of certain types of rear impacts. The seatback also has a series of spring that allows the cushion to move slightly rearward upon impact. This combined with high-mounted head restraints, help limit the whipping motion of the head that often occurs during a rear-end impact. Volvo undertook the most comprehensive study that examined the whiplash protection system over a period of more than 10 years. The company developed WHIPS which is deployed in event of rear-end collision, where the angle and speed of the collision and the nature of the colliding vehicle have an influence. Volvo has published that they have successfully reduced short-term injuries by 33% and long-term injuries by more than 54% using the WHIPS system. However, the cost of the system remains to be the major constraint. The extra cost incurred in designing and testing the system makes it expensive.

The Reactive head restrain system is expected to be the most preferred automotive whiplash protection system. Pendulum system is expected to show a slow growth rate during the forecasted period. Compact passenger vehicles are expected to be the largest users of whiplash protection systems in the market.

OEMs are investing into development of the whiplash protection technology to reduce cost and produce more effective product. On March 20, 2020 Volvo has started a new safety initiative of Open sourcing safety related data for all OEMs and suppliers. This market is expected to grow during the forecasted period due to above mentioned factors.

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North America Captures the Largest Market

The United States continues to dominate the whiplash protection system market. The United States continues to be the leader in terms of car volume sales, sold over 4.7 million units in 2019. Different markets have different demands; The United States of America is the leading manufacturer of automotive safety systems. In 2019, just under 17 million light weight vehicles were sold in the United States. Increasing luxury car sales across the United States of America is having a positive impact on the automotive whiplash system market; this has led to investment in R&D by OEMs to develop efficient and low-cost whiplash protection systems. BMW (324830 units), Mercedes-Benz (316090 Units), and Lexus (298110 Units) were the top leading luxury brands by sales in 2019. An increase in production standards of manufacturing, sustainable innovation, and excellent technical know-how based in the country will help to strengthen the position of the United States of America to emerge as a leading automotive whiplash protection system during the forecast period. Going forward, OEMs must be active in achieving the commitment or face the possibility of brand erosion due to being behind in safety advances. Safety systems being incorporated into government safety ratings may alter consumer perception one way or another in a positive way.

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Competitive Landscape

The whiplash protection system market is consolidated with few major players dominating the market. Key players in this market are Continental AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Delphi Automotive, Denso Corporation, Hyundai Mobis, and Takata Corporation.

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 Porters 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 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.1.1 Passenger Cars

      2. 5.1.2 Commercial Vehicle

    2. 5.2 System Type

      1. 5.2.1 Reactive Head Restraint

      2. 5.2.2 Proactive Head Restraint

      3. 5.2.3 Others

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. South Africa

        4. Other Countries


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Autoliv Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 Robert Bosch GmbH

      3. 6.2.3 Continental AG

      4. 6.2.4 Delphi Automotive

      5. 6.2.5 Denso Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 Grammer AG

      7. 6.2.7 Hyundai Mobis

      8. 6.2.8 Lear Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Takata Corporation

      10. 6.2.10 Wabco

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Whiplash Protection System Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Whiplash Protection System Market is growing at a CAGR of >12% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2019.

Robert Bosch GmbH, Continental AG, Denso, Autoliv Inc., Lear Corporation are the major companies operating in Whiplash Protection System Market.

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