TRW Safety Technologies Featured on Many Vehicles Earning Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 201
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 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
-- 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
-- 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
-- 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 www.trw.com.
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 www.trw.com.