Latch meets vehicle safety and door closure requirements.

Press Release Summary:

Using electronics, software controls, and mechanical system, LER Low Energy Release Door Latch minimizes release efforts without compromising strength or safety. Unit optimizes passive entry functionality, provides silent locking operation, and offers resistance against theft tools. In event of vehicle power failure, failsafe override mechanism allows latch to revert to fully mechanical operation.

Original Press Release:

ArvinMeritor Unveils Latest in Door Latch Technology

New Latch Design Reduces Number of Parts By Up To 50 Percent

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 11 /-- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE:ARM) today unveiled its patented Low Energy Release (LER) door latch as a solution for tomorrow's vehicle safety and door closure requirements.

The LER uses proprietary electronics and software controls coupled with an innovative mechanical solution to greatly reduce release efforts without compromising strength or safety. The LER improves passive entry functionality; releases at far higher seal loads; provides silent locking operation; and offers increased resistance against theft tools.

"ArvinMeritor's original software locking logic means the same latch system can operate under a multitude of different regional and customer specific functional demands across all vehicle platforms," said Aziz Aghili, vice president and general manager, Aperture Systems, with ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems business group. "The LER latch is a market-leading innovation that delivers tremendously improved function and cost for our OEM customer."

Uniquely, this latch employs a failsafe override mechanism that, in the event of vehicle power failure, allows the latch to revert to fully mechanical operation. The product is considerably smaller and lighter than current designs and contains up to 50 percent fewer parts. The range of application includes side door latches, power locking, electrical release and powered closure, as well as variants for sliding doors, trunks and tailgates.

About Light Vehicle Systems
ArvinMeritor's LVS business group is a market leader in the product categories it serves, supplying integrated systems and modules to the world's leading passenger car and light truck OEMs. With advanced technology and systems design expertise in apertures, chassis and wheels, LVS combines high- quality components into cost-effective, performance-based solutions for virtually every car and light truck on the road today.

About ArvinMeritor
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 19,000 people in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at:

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