TRW’s Active Buckle Lifter seatbelt gets first order

  • 08-Mar-2012 04:31 EST

The safety function of the ABL is activated during critical situations such as panic braking or loss of stability. The seatbelt can be quickly tightened, by up to 80 mm (3.1 in), helping to maintain proper occupant position for airbag deployment if a crash is deemed to be imminent.

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. announced the first production contract for its Active Buckle Lifter (ABL) seatbelt technology. The contract is with a major European vehicle manufacturer and will start production in 2013. The system will be launched on the rear seats but is also available for front seat applications. TRW's ABL offers three main functions. It simplifies locating and fastening the belt by lifting the buckle into a convenient position once the passenger is seated; helps to reduce seatbelt slack in dynamic driving situations; and helps to reduce slack in critical driving situations, which can contribute to reducing the possibility of out-of-position occupants.

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