In this study, out-of-plane stability analysis of tapered cross-sectioned thin curved beams under uniformly distributed radial loading is performed by using the finite-element method. Solutions referred to as Bolotin's approach are analysed for dynamic stability, and the first unstable regions are examined. Out-of-plane vibration and out-of-plane buckling analyses are also studied. In addition, the results obtained in this study are compared with the published results of other researchers for the fundamental frequency and critical lateral buckling load. The effects of subtended angle, variations of cross-section, and dynamic load parameter on the stability regions are shown in graphics. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.