ROLL ON: Scania is offering the world's first curtain airbag in its trucks, a feature aimed at improving rollover safety.
ROLL ON: Scania is offering the world's first curtain airbag in its trucks, a feature aimed at improving rollover safety. Dan Boman 2016

Scania tackles truck rollover safety with revolutionary airbag

  • Rollover side curtain airbags deploy and protect those travelling in the cab if the truck rolls over
  • Scania's solution targets one of the most serious consequences of rollover accidents, where drivers or passengers are injured in a collision or fatally crushed by their own vehicle
  • Potential for a significant reduction in deaths from rollover accidents

Scania has taken on the problem of truck rollover protection with its new truck generation, which can be equipped with rollover side curtain airbags integrated into the headliner moulding above the doors.

The rollover solution which has never been offered in trucks, despite how often rollovers do occur in the real world of transport.

The rollover side curtain airbags provide enhanced protection for those travelling in the vehicle in the event of a rollover, one of the most serious types of truck accidents.

"The use of a seat belt is essential to allow the safety systems to do their job and to ensure that the driver is not thrown out of the cab," says Christofer Karlsson, who is responsible for the development of Scania's crash safety system.

"Our rollover side curtain airbag, particularly when combined with the steering wheel airbag and our seat belt pretensioners, ensures that the driver and any passengers on board will have a much better chance of surviving a rollover accident in one of the new generation of Scania trucks, with far less severe consequences than would be the case in any other truck."

Scania has developed both the active and passive safety features in their new truck generation, bringing a series of measures that protect the driver and any passengers.

By offering rollover side curtain airbags, Scania believes there could be a significant reduction in the number of drivers who are killed in rollover accidents.

A common reason for trucks rolling over is that the driver is forced to carry out evasive action to avoid an oncoming vehicle or an obstruction.

If the truck then ends up off the road, there is rarely sufficient load-bearing capacity, so the vehicle may topple onto its side or even roll right over at higher speeds.

Advanced systems with sensors determine when and if the rollover side curtain airbags and any other airbags should be deployed; when deployed, the airbags inflate instantaneously.

Scania's new and already widely-discussed truck generation will be unveiled online on the evening of 23 August and the launch can be followed online at

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