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TRW Unveils Next Generation Head Protection System for Convertibles

Aug 18, 2010

ALFDORF, Germany, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in active and passive safety, today unveiled its second generation Head Protection System for Convertibles (HPSC II) -- demonstrating the Company's commitment to constant innovation and affordable safety.

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TRW's HPSC II technology is fully integrated in the backrest bolster eliminating the need for an integrated head rest and thereby increasing its compatibility with a broader range of convertible vehicles -- at a lower cost. And with 18 convertible model launches in Europe in 2010 alone, consumer demand for this type of car is growing.

As with the first generation, HPSC II works together with the torso protection system and both can be tuned individually.

Dirk Schultz, global engineering director, Inflatable Restraint Systems, commented: "HPSC II is compact and comprises light weight component parts resulting in a lower mass module overall. Like the first generation HPSC, the second generation HPSC also takes into account different load cases and passenger sizes. This adaptability improves the airbags' position in relation to the occupant in the event of a side crash situation."

HPSC II operates via a small, lightweight pyrotechnic gas inflator with a diameter of only 20mm. Based on this SPI-EVO gas inflator technology, the system will ensure a high level of restraint efficiency at an affordable price for future vehicles.

Schultz concluded: "Safety is an increasingly important factor in the decision making process of the consumer and the industry needs to continuously improve the protection of occupants of such vehicles, with affordable solutions."

The Company's first generation HPSC is currently in production with a major European vehicle manufacturer and the second generation of this innovative airbag module concept will be ready for vehicle launches in 2013.

About TRW

With 2009 sales of $11.6 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 over 60,000 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

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SOURCE TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

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