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TRW Seat Belt Load Limiting Technologies Enhance the Management of Occupant Energy During a Crash

Sep 12, 2007

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in active and passive safety systems, is offering an array of seat belt load limiting options that help enhance energy management during a crash.

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Helping to distribute the forces placed on the body more evenly during a crash event is an important consideration in the design of the occupant restraint system and for seat belts in particular. Load limiters are designed to help reduce forces on areas such as the chest and pelvis that can be subjected to tremendous forces in severe accidents.

  Among the options TRW can offer are:
  -- Retractor Constant Force (Torsion Bar) Load Limiters
  -- Retractor Declining Load Limiters (DLL)
  -- Retractor Progressive Load Limiters (PLL)
  -- Retractor Switchable Load Limiters (SLL)
  -- Buckle Load Limiters
  -- Anchor Load Limiters

"We have researched a number of options and currently produce load limiting systems that help to address energy management of occupants in a crash in a variety of ways," said Doug P. Campbell, vice president, Engineering, for TRW's Occupant Safety Systems business. "Math modeling allows us to evaluate various types of load limiting systems within the seat belt system to help improve their performance in an accident."

For example, Constant-Force (Torsion Bar) Load Limiters are designed to manage load forces but only do so at a single, predetermined level. In the case of Declining, Progressive and Switchable Load Limiters, these systems are tunable to be more synergistic with the rest of the vehicle in accommodating variables such as crash severity, occupant size, vehicle crash characteristics, etc. TRW is also looking at future generations of load limiting technologies that could offer even greater levels of adaptability to the crash situation.

"The ultimate goal is to continually progress a systematic approach to helping protect occupants. Technologies like seat belt load limiters are designed to work in conjunction with other occupant safety components such as air bags to manage energy and forces during a crash," added Campbell.

About TRW

With 2006 sales of $13.1 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 28 countries and employs approximately 63,800 people worldwide. 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, 2006 (the "10-K"), and Report on Form Q for the quarter ended March 30, 2007, and June 30, 2007 and include: 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; 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 and efforts by customers to alter terms and conditions concerning warranty and recall participation; 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; or Louise Colledge of TRW
Automotive-Europe, +44-121-506-5440

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