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TRW's Cognitive Safety Technologies Help Automakers Meet CAFE and NHTSA Requirements

Oct 16, 2008

LIVONIA, Mich., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To support automakers in their pursuit of manufacturing vehicles that meet rising Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-test ratings, TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) -- the global leader in safety systems -- is combining advanced 'cognitive' technologies from its portfolio to help make vehicles safer, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.

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TRW's safety systems combine active and passive safety technologies with electronic and sensing capabilities - such as a video camera technology integrated with electric power steering to provide guidance and haptic lane feedback to help keep drivers in their lane. It is these 'smart' technologies that TRW describes as 'cognitive safety systems'. The integration of these intelligent technologies helps mitigate the impact of accidents and provide tangible safety benefits to drivers and passengers, while also helping automakers differentiate their vehicles.

"TRW engineers work closely with our customers to develop cognitive safety technologies that facilitate fuel economy, reduce emissions and meet safety regulations, such as NHTSA's proposed crash-test ratings," said Peter Lake, executive vice president of TRW. "We are committed to producing safety systems, such as our electronic stability control and lane departure warning systems, so that we are in line with vehicle manufacturers' needs and consumer demands. We aim to make vehicles smarter to help keep people safer."

To help automakers meet their CO2 emissions goals, TRW offers a range of fuel-saving and hybrid-enabling technologies, including electrically powered steering, slip control boost - a fully integrated electronic stability control and brake actuation system - and light-weight components. While they are not intended exclusively for hybrid vehicles, these technologies can facilitate the transition from gasoline and diesel to hybrid-electric vehicles and other powertrains.

To help consumers evaluate vehicle safety, NHTSA's upcoming ruling will combine front-crash, side-crash and rollover ratings into a single rating of up to five stars. Under the new requirement, active safety technologies, such as electronic stability control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems - systems that TRW manufactures - will be listed on vehicle stickers to inform consumers whether the technologies are available on the vehicle as standard or optional equipment.

"In addition to fuel savings and emissions reduction, safety is a major concern for many car buyers," said Lake. "We are pleased that this mandate will not only help make consumers aware of these active safety features that help mitigate accidents, but will also allow us to continue our commitment to helping customers with the challenges they face in today's automotive industry."

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 approximately 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 .

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, 2008, 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; strengthening of the U.S. dollar and other foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations impacting our results; 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 economic uncertainty in some regions; contraction in consumer spending, a market shift in vehicle mix and production cuts in Europe; product liability, warranty and recall claims and efforts by customers to alter terms and conditions concerning warranty and recall participation; work stoppages or other labor issues at our facilities or at the facilities of our customers or suppliers; 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-North America, +1-734-855-3864,
or Lynette Jackson, TRW Automotive-Europe & Asia, +44-121-506-5315, or Nicole
Lei, TRW Automotive-China, +86-21-6120-2266

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