European truck makers Scania AB has developed World’s first rollover side curtain airbag for Trucks, it gives protection for those travelling in the vehicle in the event of a rollover, one of the most serious types of truck accidents.
The rollover side curtain airbag integrated into the headliner moulding above the doors. This unique solution has never been offered previously in any truck. This widely-discussed truck generation will be unveiled on 23 August.
“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, he is responsible for the development of Scania’s crash safety system.
He further added, “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.”
The company has developed both active and passive safety features in the new truck generation, with a series of measures that protect those travelling in the cab. By offering rollover side curtain airbags, company believes there could be a significant reduction in the proportion 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 immediately.