TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) is revealing a new seat belt concept in collaboration with Rinspeed at the Geneva Motor Show.
Instead of a seat belt buckle and tongue, the technology features a ‘webbing catcher’ which enables semi-automatic buckling and unbuckling. The system is being introduced on the microMAX commuter vehicle concept designed to travel short distances in urban environments. It features unconventional upright seats.
Swen Schaub, senior manager, Engineering Strategy and Communication said: “Our new seat belt concept is another example of how TRW continues to develop innovative technology and enhance the safety of passengers beyond conventional passenger and commercial vehicles.”
“The concept is based on proven seat belt restraint functionality. The semi-automatic buckling offers convenience and ease of entering and exiting for new and conventional vehicle concepts – helping to increase belt usage rates over short distances.”
With 2012 sales of $16.4 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world’s leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 25 countries and employs approximately 65,000 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.