News Releases

TRW Electronic Stability Systems Put the New Ford Edge at the Leading Edge of Active Safety

Oct 26, 2006

LIVONIA, Mich., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in active and passive safety systems, is supplying the new Ford Edge with advanced electronic braking systems including the integration of Ford's Roll Stability Control (RSC). The system is being supplied from TRW's Kelsey-Hayes Company subsidiary.

(Logo: )

TRW has worked in close collaboration with Ford Motor Company to supply Roll Stability Control systems on 100 percent of the new Edge models for the 2007 Model Year. Ford's RSC is based on electronic stability control, anti- lock braking and traction control systems and adds an additional gravitational sensor that directly measures when a vehicle is beginning to tip.

The Ford-developed RSC system uses TRW's advanced high flow technology within the electro-hydraulic control unit (EHCU), thus helping to eliminate the need for a costly vehicle brake fluid pre-charge device. A similar system integration by Ford and TRW is also featured on the Ford Econoline van.

"Active safety systems are increasingly being recognized for their ability to assist drivers in avoiding accidents and thus in helping to save lives and mitigate injuries," said Josef Pickenhahn, vice president, Brake Engineering at TRW Automotive. "This is particularly important in higher center of gravity vehicles where skidding and sliding events have been identified as precursors to many rollover accidents, and this is just the kind of scenario where roll stability control can be helpful to the driver."

TRW will also be supplying the full brake actuation system for the Edge based on its "Girvac II" style actuation system, which set the standard for brake booster design and now offers even greater performance, lighter weight and improved packaging. The latest generation also features a high-flow master cylinder that enhances stability control performance at low temperatures.


To see the full complement of TRW active and passive and integrated safety technologies, please visit our website at .

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 26 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 .

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 Forms 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2006, and include: Ford's continued use of Roll Stability Control with TRW as its integration partner on its Ford Edge models; 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; possible production cuts or restructuring by our customers; 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.

Photo: NewsCom:
AP Archive:
PRN Photo Desk

SOURCE: TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

CONTACT: Manley Ford, +1-734-855-2616, or John Wilkerson,
+1-734-855-3864, both of TRW Automotive; or Lynette Jackson of TRW
Automotive/Europe, +44-121-506-5315

Web site:

Email Page Print RSS
email print rss