Some reliable brands of airbags include Delphi, TRW and Autoliv. Although each of these companies makes airbags for American vehicles, Autoliv is the largest airbag supplier in Europe, notes CarsDirect.com.
All of the major airbag manufacturers in the United States make different types of quality airbags designed to protect both drivers and passengers in the event of an accident.
Delphi not only makes airbags, but also manufactures airbag control units designed to deploy the airbags when necessary. Airbag control units sit beneath the dashboard and in other locations in the vehicle and determine when airbag deployment is necessary.
TRW makes knee, side and curtain airbags. The company also makes airbag mounts, body control systems and seat belts. TRW also manufacturers seat belts and electronics, such as traffic jam assist and emergency steering assist.
Autoliv designs its airbags to slow an occupants motion in the event of a crash. The company makes driver, passenger, side, curtain and knee airbags along with anti-whiplash products and child restraints, notes Autoliv.com.
There are several different types of airbags, all controlled by one central unit located at the front of the vehicle. Side airbags protect the passengers and driver in the event of a side collision and can be either torso airbags or curtain airbags. Knee airbags prevent the front seat occupants from hitting the hard dashboard, resulting in fewer injuries. Automakers like Toyota use knee airbags.