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TRW Automotive Introduces Compact Airbag Modules for Knee Protection and Optimized Interior Styling

PRNewswire-FirstCall
ALFDORF, Germany
(NYSE:TRW)
Jun 12, 2008

ALFDORF, Germany, June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive GmbH, a subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) is increasing the intelligence of safety with the launch of a new compact knee airbag module which combines airbag performance with reduced weight and dimensions. The innovative technology allows vehicle manufacturers to optimize cabin space and yields greater design freedom.

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As an integral part of a frontal restraint system, TRW's compact knee module helps protect occupants in the event of a crash, as it covers the potential impact area of the lower part of the instrument panel. The main benefits of active knee protection are improved restraint of the occupants' femur and pelvis, while helping to better balance chest and lower limb loads.

Alexander Heilig, TRW Automotive's Occupant Safety Systems European engineering director, commented: "The compact module, as the name suggests, is a smaller unit that can be molded into the dashboard of the car without affecting the aesthetic design of the interior cabin. This compact module means that safety and style can be combined in vehicles."

"The knee airbag can also assist with the overall safety of the occupant as it deploys along with the front airbag -- both airbags acting together can help keep the occupant in a better position. This also allows the seatbelt systems to work most efficiently in restraining the occupant."

This compact design is enabled by TRW's innovative SHI2 inflator technology -- a small, single stage hybrid that enables quick airbag fill times.

The metal or plastic housing of the module offers manufacturers the choice of more diverse styling cues and greater packaging flexibility for the vehicle interior.

Heilig added: "Design freedom and the packaging flexibility of the new TRW knee airbag support vehicle manufacturers as they seek to minimize the number of parts and increase standardization to support global platforms across several regions."

About TRW

With 2007 sales of $14.7 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 27 countries and employs more than 66,000 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 http://www.trw.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. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties which can cause our actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements, including those set forth in our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 (our "Form 10-K") and in our Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 28, 2008, such as: loss of market share by domestic North American vehicle manufacturers and resulting production cuts and restructuring initiatives, including bankruptcy actions, of our suppliers and customers; escalating pricing pressures from our customers; commodity inflationary pressures adversely affecting our profitability and supply base, including any resulting inability of our suppliers to perform as we expect; our dependence on our largest customers; product liability, warranty and recall claims and efforts by customers to alter terms and conditions concerning warranty and recall participation; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; work stoppages or other labor issues at our facilities or at the facilities of our customers or suppliers; our substantial debt and resulting vulnerability to an economic or industry downturn and to rising interest rates; cyclicality of automotive production and sales; risks associated with non-U.S. operations, including foreign exchange risks and economic uncertainty in some regions; adverse effects of environmental and safety regulations; assertions by or against us relating to intellectual property rights; the possibility that our largest shareholder's interests will conflict with ours; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in our Form 10-K and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revision to any of these forward-looking statements.

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SOURCE: TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

CONTACT: John Wilkerson of TRW Automotive North America, +1-734-855-3864,
john.wilkerson@trw.com, Lynette Jackson of TRW Automotive Europe-Asia Pacific,
+44-121-506-5315, lynette.jackson@trw.com

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


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