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.