Compact Airbag Module protects lower body during accident.

Press Release Summary:

Designed to be integral part of frontal restraint system, compact knee airbag module helps protect occupants in event of crash by covering potential impact area of lower part of instrument panel. Solution deploys along with front airbag and specifically protects femur and pelvis while also helping balance chest and lower limb loads. Offered in metal or plastic housing, module can be molded into dashboard of car without affecting aesthetic design of interior cabin.

Original Press Release:

TRW Automotive Introduces Compact Airbag Modules for Knee Protection and Optimized Interior Styling

ALFDORF, Germany, June 12 -- TRW Automotive GmbH, a subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE:TRW) is increasing the intelligence of safety with the launch of a new compact knee airbag module which combines airbag performance with reduced weight and dimensions. 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.

Alexander Heilig, TRW Automotive's Occupant Safety Systems European engineering director, commented: "The compact module, as the name suggests, is a smaller unit that can be molded into the dashboard of the car without affecting the aesthetic design of the interior cabin. This compact module means that safety and style can be combined in vehicles."

"The knee airbag can also assist with the overall safety of the occupant as it deploys along with the front airbag -- both airbags acting together can help keep the occupant in a better position. This also allows the seatbelt systems to work most efficiently in restraining the occupant."

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

The metal or plastic housing of the module offers manufacturers the choice of more diverse styling cues and greater packaging flexibility for the vehicle interior.

Heilig added: "Design freedom and the packaging flexibility of the new TRW knee airbag support vehicle manufacturers as they seek to minimize the number of parts and increase standardization to support global platforms across several regions."

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 .

CONTACT: John Wilkerson of TRW Automotive North America, +1-734-855-3864,, Lynette Jackson of TRW Automotive Europe-Asia Pacific, +44-121-506-5315,

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