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TRW Automotive Shanghai Plant Supplies Latest-Generation Seat Belt to the Chinese Market

PRNewswire-FirstCall
LIVONIA, Mich.
(NYSE:TRW)
Sep 26, 2006

LIVONIA, Mich., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in active and passive safety systems, today announced the launch of production of the Company's latest generation of seat belt in China through its Shanghai manufacturing subsidiary.

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Shanghai TRW Automotive Safety Systems Co., Ltd. (STASS) has launched production of the TRW BSA4.0 seat belt for a number of domestic vehicle platforms, including the new Passat B6 by FAW Volkswagen (FAW-VW) and Royaum by Shanghai General Motors (SGM). The BSA4.0 seat belt offers an advanced pre-crash pretensioning feature and load-limiting capabilities while incorporating enhancements in comfort and noise reduction.

The BSA4.0 product family includes TRW's innovative Active Control Retractor (ACR) technology, one of the milestone technologies pioneered by the Company to converge active and passive safety. Interpreting data fed from braking and stability control sensors, ACR removes excess seat belt slack upon detection of a potential accident. This preemptive action helps to put the occupant in a safer crash position. If the accident is avoided, the belt tensioning is reversible and the belt returns to its normal state after five seconds.

Managing the restraining force of the seat belt in a crash scenario is very important in helping to minimize injury to occupants. The new generation seat belt system has incorporated load-limiting technology to achieve balanced absorption of energy in the event of an accident. Whereas the ACR tightens the belt, the systems load limiters are designed to release the seat belt webbing in a controlled manner, allowing the occupant's body to move forward into the airbag.

TRW was first to market an "active" seat belt, which is traditionally considered part of a vehicle's "passive" safety system. According to Steve Taylor, the STASS general manager, the BSA4.0 seat belt system also features compact design, light weight and improved packaging and design flexibility. "We are proud to be able to offer a leading-edge product to our customers in China," Davis commented, "STASS has come a long way from the days of assembling standard three-point seat belts."

In 1993 TRW granted the first seat belt license to Shanghai Automobile Industry Corp. (SAIC). Four years later, the two companies formed STASS, a 50-50 joint venture. Until airbag systems were added to its portfolio in 2005, the plant had been solely dedicated to seat belt production for the domestic market, and has steadily elevated its technical capability. Seat belt pre-tensioning technology was introduced by STASS to its Chinese customers in 2000, and has been applied to such popular platforms as Shanghai VW's Polo and Dongfeng Peugeot Citreon's Peugeot 307. STASS remains the only TRW plant that supplies seat belts in China. Other major customers include Brilliance, Chery, ChangAn Ford, Nanjing Fiat and Shanghai GM.

About TRW

With 2005 sales of $12.6 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, employs approximately 63,000 people in 25 countries.

TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services. All references to "TRW Automotive," "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. TRW Automotive news is available on the Internet at http://www.trwauto.com/ .

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains statements that are not statements of historical fact, but instead are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made in this release. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements are set forth in our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005 (the "10-K"), and our reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2006, and include: the ability of TRW's joint ventures to succeed in China; production cuts or restructuring by our major customers; work stoppages or other labor issues at the facilities of our customers or suppliers; non-performance by, or insolvency of, our suppliers and customers, which may be exacerbated by recent bankruptcies and other pressures within the automotive industry; the inability of our suppliers to deliver products at the scheduled rate and disruptions arising in connection therewith; interest rate risk arising from our variable rate indebtedness (which constitutes a majority of the company's indebtedness), especially in view of the current climate of rising interest rates; loss of market share by domestic vehicle manufacturers; efforts by our customers to consolidate their supply base; severe inflationary pressures impacting the market for commodities; escalating pricing pressures from our customers; our dependence on our largest customers; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; our substantial leverage; product liability and warranty and recall claims; limitations on flexibility in operating our business contained in our debt agreements; the possibility that our owners' interests will conflict with ours and other risks and uncertainties set forth under "Risk Factors" in the 10-K and in our other SEC filings. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

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SOURCE: TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

CONTACT: Manley Ford of TRW Automotive, +1-734-855-2616; John Wilkerson
of TRW Automotive/North America, +1-734-855-3864; Lynette Jackson of TRW
Automotive/Europe/Asia, +44.121.506.5315; or Nicole Lei of TRW
Automotive/China, +86.21.6120.7004

Web site: http://www.trwauto.com/


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