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TRW'S Active Buckle Lifter Makes Seat Belts Easier to Use

PRNewswire-FirstCall
ALFDORF, Germany
(NYSE:TRW)
Sep 4, 2008

ALFDORF, Germany, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive GmbH, a subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), has developed the Active Buckle Lifter (ABL) to make fastening seat belts easier. The feature is particularly intended to assist the elderly and people with mobility challenges, and also can help reduce belt slack in dynamic driving situations.

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The Active Buckle Lifter raises the buckle to make it easier for the occupant to locate and fasten the belt and -- if required -- can retract the buckle helping to reduce belt slack on the occupant in situations of high dynamics such as a hard braking maneuver. At all other times it remains in the normal position like any other buckle.

Uwe Class, senior engineering manager, active restraint systems, said: "The Active Buckle Lifter can help make fastening seat belts easier for virtually all passengers. It also is designed to help those with mobility difficulties, and to prompt those who do not usually use their seatbelts to buckle up."

"The Active Buckle Lifter can increase the comfort of the occupants when fastening their seat belts before the ride. In addition, in dynamic driving situations the retract movement of the buckle reduces belt slack around the pelvis and chest leading to an enhanced coupling of the occupant to the vehicle. This may help to keep the occupant in a better and more controlled seating position in dynamic driving situations such as cornering or braking. A better seating position can help in the event of an accident."

When the vehicle door is opened, the corresponding buckle rises approximately 100mm, putting it within easier reach of occupants. The buckle then returns back to its normal position once fastened. It optionally can lift again when occupants need to unfasten their seat belts.

The Dynamic Support function of the ABL retracts the buckle by a maximum of 60mm in many dynamic driving situations to help reduce belt slack across the pelvis and chest of the occupant. The buckle retract movement is adapted to the vehicle dynamics in curves and braking maneuvers.

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 Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 28 and June 27, 2008, such as: loss of market share, production cuts and capacity reductions by domestic North American vehicle manufacturers and a market shift in vehicle mix in North America and resulting restructuring initiatives, including bankruptcy actions, of our suppliers and customers; sharply increasing commodity inflationary pressures adversely affecting our profitability and supply base, including any resulting inability of our suppliers to perform as we expect; escalating pricing pressures from our customers; 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; strengthening of the U.S. dollar and other 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; risks associated with non-U.S. operations, including economic uncertainty in some regions; potential contraction in consumer spending in Europe; 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 Report on 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: Lynette Jackson of TRW Europe/Asia, Tel: 0121 506 5315; or John
Wilkerson of TRW North America, +1-734-855-3864

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


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