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TRW Safety Technologies Featured on Many Vehicles Earning Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2010 Top Safety Picks

Dec 9, 2009

LIVONIA, Mich., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- What do 21 of the 27 vehicles recently named as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2010 Top Safety Picks have in common? They all feature TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.'s (NYSE: TRW) intelligent safety systems, including a variety of occupant safety, electronic, steering and braking technologies.

"To have TRW's technologies on more than 75 percent of the vehicles selected as top safety picks is a true testament to our commitment in providing high-quality products to our customers," said Peter Lake, executive vice president, Sales and Business Development for TRW Automotive. "Our technologies not only improve driver safety, but they are also cost effective and environmentally efficient, helping automakers meet new fuel economy and emissions standards."

The IIHS Top Safety Pick award recognizes vehicles that perform well in protecting passengers in front, side, rear and rollover crashes based on ratings in Institute tests. Nineteen cars and eight SUVs earned the award for 2010.

Some of the TRW active and passive safety technologies featured on these vehicles include:

  • Electronic stability control (ESC): combines antilock brakes and traction control and adds a yaw stability function to help reduce the possibility of a loss of vehicle control caused by skidding, sliding, oversteer / understeer or panic braking when the vehicle's tires are on two different surfaces, such as a patch of ice and dry pavement;

  • Electric park brake: enhances vehicle safety, driver comfort and convenience and is a fully integral part of the brake system that also allows for emergency brake control. When combined with TRW's ESC system, emergency braking is executed allowing for stop functionality if required.

  • Advanced sensor technologies: monitor critical safety inputs and provide information to a variety of onboard systems. Sensors include radar for adaptive cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, inertial measurement, rollover and side impact and crush zone sensing.

  • Side airbags: helps protect the thorax, abdomen and pelvic area of the occupant and has an efficient initiating time and rapid airbag positioning;

  • Curtain airbags: protects up to three rows of passengers in side and rollover accidents. When coupled with a rollover sensor and TRW's unique cold gas inflator, the curtain airbag can help protect passengers in a rollover accident for up to six seconds; and

  • Knee airbags: covers the impact area at the lower part of the instrument panel and helps to provide harmonized occupant kinematics and positioning, while reducing and / or balancing chest and lower limb loads;

  • Electric power steering: reduces CO2 emissions by only consuming power when steering assist is needed and requires 90 percent less energy than conventional power steering. The system also offers premium performance across a wide range of vehicle platforms.

To learn more about TRW's safety technologies, visit the Company's Web site at

About TRW

With 2008 sales of $15.0 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 26 countries and employs approximately 64,000 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, 2008 (our "Form 10-K"), and our Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended April 3, July 3 and October 2, 2009, such as: any prolonged contraction in automotive sales and production adversely affecting our results, liquidity or the viability of our supply base; the financial condition of OEMs, particularly the Detroit Three, adversely affecting us or the viability of our supply base; disruptions in the financial markets adversely impacting the availability and cost of credit negatively affecting our business; our substantial debt and resulting vulnerability to economic or industry downturns and to rising interest rates; escalating pricing pressures from our customers; commodity inflationary pressures adversely affecting our profitability or supply base; our dependence on our largest customers; costs of product liability, warranty and recall claims and efforts by customers to adversely alter contract terms and conditions concerning warranty and recall participation; strengthening of the U.S. dollar and other foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations impacting our results; any increase in the expense and funding requirements of our pension and other postretirement benefits; risks associated with non-U.S. operations, including economic uncertainty in some regions; 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 stockholder's interests will conflict with our or our other stockholders' interests; 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 update or revision to any of these forward-looking statements.

SOURCE: TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

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