Autoliv and Volvo Cars Launch New Airbag

Stockholm, SWEDEN

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 14, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Autoliv Inc. (NYSE:ALV), the worldwide leader in automotive safety, and Volvo Car Corporation have together developed a new airbag, specially designed for convertibles. The new airbag will be available in Volvo's new convertible, the C70, which will be shown this week for the first time at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

The airbag is a new type of curtain airbag that -- unlike existing curtain airbags -- can be installed also in open-roof vehicles such as convertibles. In side-impact collisions, standard curtain airbags are estimated to reduce the risk for fatalities by 50% by protecting the head. These airbags were invented by Autoliv and introduced in 1998 by Volvo Cars and Mercedes Benz. Currently, they are installed in more than 50% of all new European vehicles and attracting interest in all major markets. However, these "traditional" curtain airbags can only be mounted in cars that have roofs from which the curtains can be deployed.

Convertible vehicles have therefore been equipped with ``combo bags" for side-impact protection. These bags combine chest side airbags with an extension that inflates upwards to protect the head. The head extension does not, however, cover such a large area as a curtain airbag. In square-on side impacts, this difference is not important. But in oblique side-impact crashes when the occupant is hurled towards the windshield pillar, a larger bag may provide better protection.

The new airbag has an extra-stiff structure. Using a three-layer-weaving technology it has double rows of cells that partly overlap one another. As a result, the new airbag can stay upright and help protect the head effectively even if the side windows are open i.e. down. What is more, they deflate slowly to provide added protection in the event of a rollover accident.

The dual-layer structure is manufactured using Autoliv's one-piece weaving technology at Autoliv's European weaving plant near Manchester in the U.K.

For Illustrations:

- Autoliv's corporate website

Autoliv Inc. develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers in the world. Together with its joint ventures Autoliv has 80 facilities with 40,000 employees in 30 vehicle-producing countries. In addition, the company has development and engineering centers in six countries around the world, including 20 test tracks, more than any other automotive safety supplier. Sales in 2004 amounted to US $6.1 billion. The Company's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ALV) and its Swedish Depository Receipts on the OM Stockholm Stock Ex-change (SSE: ALIV).

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