TRW Unveils Self-Adaptive Load Limiting Seat Belt That Adjusts According to Occupant Size

Jun 07, 2010, 10:00 ET from TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

LIVONIA, Mich., June 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), a global leader in active and passive safety, announced the launch of its self-adaptive seat belt load limiting technology that is capable of automatically adapting with respect to different body sizes of passengers.

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The Self-Adaptive Load Limiter (SALL) system, which operates without the need for sensors to gather data input and therefore represents a cost effective solution, has been designed to meet the needs of rear seat occupants and is now in production on the Mercedes E Class.  

Harald Lutz, TRW's engineering director of seat belt systems, explained: "Conventional load limiters for seat belt systems are intended to provide protection for the full range of passenger weights, a standardized approach which by its very nature requires that the system is adapted to fit larger passengers, represented by the 95th percentile male Hybrid III dummy."  

TRW's self-adaptive seat belt load limiters can adjust the force level according to the amount of webbing that an occupant pulls out when they are buckled up. This enables the system to identify the size of the occupant and classify it into two categories, so that in a crash situation, a lower load level is triggered for a smaller passenger and a higher load level for a larger passenger.

Lutz concluded: "While conventional load limiting technology has proven to have a positive impact on reducing injuries in car accidents historically, it still shows some limitations in its standardized approach.  Not every passenger conforms to the same height and weight group and the new self-adaptive technology recognizes this, further improving the load limiting approach with a cost effective solution, when compared with solutions which operate using sensor technology, which makes a significant difference."

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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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