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TRW Automotive Introduces New Head Protection System for Convertibles

PRNewswire-FirstCall
ALFDORF, Germany
(NYSE:TRW)
Jun 17, 2008

ALFDORF, Germany, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), TRW Automotive GmbH, today unveiled a new head protection system for convertible vehicles. It is the first system located in the seat mount rather than the door trim - designed to offer head protection for the unique characteristics of convertibles. The development furthers TRW's strategy of innovation to help vehicle manufacturers provide intelligent safety solutions for consumers.

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The system combines a thorax or pelvic-thorax module together with a head restraint module located in the upper seat-back. It is due to be launched with a major European vehicle manufacturer during the first half of this year.

Alexander Heilig, European engineering director for TRW Automotive's Occupant Safety Systems business, commented: "TRW's head protection system for convertibles has an innovative product design with two separate airbag safety systems for both head and torso protection. The two systems are designed to deploy in the event of a side impact or rollover accident. They work independently to allow individual tuning of the different protection zones yet operate from common sensors."

Both the head protection and thorax modules use a light-weight plastic housing, with the module located under the fabric and foam of the seat.

The head restraint module works with a hybrid gas inflator that enables it to deploy rapidly and remain inflated for a longer duration than other traditional airbags. This inflator was originally developed by TRW to meet global requirement for a low cost head protection system (HPS) for the small car market.

TRW is developing a range of occupant protection systems to support the growing market of convertible vehicles.

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, TRW Automotive, +1-734-855-3864; or Lynette
Jackson, TRW Automotive, Europe-Asia, + 44.121.506.5315

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


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