Side airbag (SIPS)

In a side impact collision a large proportion of the collision force is transferred by the SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) to beams, pillars, the floor, the roof and other structural parts of the body. The side airbags at the driver's and front passenger seats protect the chest area and the hip and are an important part of the SIPS.
P3-1246-XC60 SIPS

The SIPS bag system consists of two main components, side airbag and sensors. The side airbags are located in the front seat backrests.

A sufficiently violent collision trips the sensors and the side airbags are inflated. The airbag inflates between the occupant and the door panel and thereby cushions the initial impact. The airbag deflates when compressed by the collision. The side airbag is normally only deployed on the side of the collision.

P3-1146-SIPS Left
Driver's seat, left-hand drive.
P3-1146-SIPS Right
Front passenger seat, left-hand drive.


  • Volvo recommends that repairs are only carried out by an authorised Volvo workshop. Defective work in the SIPS-bag system could cause malfunction and result in serious personal injury.
  • Do not put objects in the area between the outside of the seat and the door panel, since this area is required by the side airbag.
  • Volvo recommends the use only of car seat covers approved by Volvo. Other seat covers may impede the operation of the side airbags.
  • Side airbags are a supplement the seatbelts. Always use a seatbelt.