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TRW Automotive Occupant Protection Technology Selected as Finalist for PACE Award

PRNewswire-FirstCall
LIVONIA, Mich.
(NYSE:TRW)
Oct 29, 2008

LIVONIA, Mich., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) announced today that its knee airbag low mounted module -- an innovative design that combines airbag performance to help protect lower extremities with reduced weight and dimensions -- has been named a finalist in the product category for the 2008 Automotive News PACE Award competition.

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The PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) awards program -- jointly sponsored by Automotive News, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and the Transportation Research Center Inc. -- has been referred to as the "academy award for innovation in the automotive industry."

"We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious award and to be recognized again for this 'next generation' safety innovation, which helps provide affordable occupant protection," said Peter J. Lake, executive vice president, sales and business development for TRW Automotive.

The innovative technology allows vehicle manufacturers to optimize cabin space and yields greater design freedom. 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.

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

Alexander Heilig, European engineering director for TRW Automotive occupant safety systems, said: "The compact module, as the name suggests, is a smaller unit that can be mounted into the dashboard of the car without affecting the aesthetic design of the interior cabin."

In the past, several TRW technologies have been PACE Awards finalists and in 2004 the Company's Active Control Retractor won a PACE Award.

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 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, 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 of TRW - North America, +1-734-855-3864, or
Lynette Jackson of TRW - Europe-Asia Pacific, +44-121-506-5315

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


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