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ZF Develops Auto Industry’s Lightest Knee Airbag Module

  • ZF’s newest design will offer global best-in-class weight and packaging for knee airbag modules
  • New module features highly flexible design for various vehicle interior sizes and configurations, including future autonomous vehicle cockpit concepts
  • ZF will launch the industry’s first fabric housing knee airbag with a major vehicle manufacturer in early 2019

Friedrichshafen, Germany - ZF is leading the industry in the development of production-ready fabric housing knee airbag modules that are the lightest in the automotive industry and help to enhance vehicle occupant safety.

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ZF Develops Auto Industry’s Lightest Knee Airbag Module

ZF will launch an industry-first fabric housing knee airbag in 2019 for a major European vehicle manufacturer. The new airbag, which utilizes a fabric housing, will be up to 30 percent lighter than a traditional metal housing knee airbag, and will help improve occupant protection in a crash.

“The new ZF fabric housing knee airbag will support a number of industry trends,” said Norbert Kagerer, senior vice president, Occupant Safety Systems Engineering, ZF Friedrichshafen AG. “The reduced weight leads to greater efficiency in fuel economy and reduced emissions, while the smaller and flexible packaging will help meet new interior design and safety demands for the electric and autonomous vehicle interiors of the future.”

The new airbag module will enable vehicle manufacturers to help optimize interior redesign requirements, such as reinforcing the instrument panel. In some cases, this will further reduce weight and costs.

ZF’s new knee airbag module will be produced using a new manufacturing process that allows for more precise module package configurations that help to enhance the airbag’s quality and performance. The fabric housing design will be configurable for all markets and light vehicle ranges.


Robert Buchmeier

Head of Technology and Product Communications

+49 7541 77-2488

Mirko Gutemann

Technology and Product Communications

+49 7541 77-960136