Autoliv Helps Cars get Top Rating in European Crash Testing Program

Autoliv Helps Cars get Top Rating in European Crash Testing Program (Stockholm, June 30, 2004) --- In the latest tests from EuroNCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) published last week, Autoliv - the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems - supported many car manufacturers in achieving record ratings with their new car models. The new Renault Megane CC, for instance, not only received five stars in EuroNCAP's crash rating but it also became the first vehicle ever in the EuroNCAP testing program to achieve a full score - i.e 100% - in EuroNCAP's frontal crash test. This convertible is the first vehicle in the world (together with the 3-door version of the same model) which is equipped with an anti-sliding bag. This new airbag developed by Autoliv is installed in the seat cushion to prevent the driver from sliding under the seat belt and hitting the instrument panel. In addition, the new airbag improves the protection capability of the frontal airbag by keeping the occupant in a more upright position during the crash. Autoliv is also the supplier of all other safety systems to this top-rated car model (i.e. smart frontal airbags, side airbags for chest and head protection as well as seat belts with pretensioners for all seating positions). Autoliv's safety systems paid off with top results for many other vehicles as well. For instance, five of the six vehicle models that achieved full score, i.e.100%, in the side-impact test have Autoliv's Inflatable Curtain for head protection. These car models are the Volvo S40, Volkswagen Golf, Saab 9-3 Convertible, Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Toyota Corolla Verso. EuroNCAP's front-impact test is conducted at 64 km/h (40 mph) into an offset deformable barrier and the regular side-impact test with a mobile deformable barrier at 50 km/h (31 mph) and the pole side-impact test at 29 km/h (18 mph). Organisations participating in EuroNCAP include the Departments of Transportation of France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission. Inquiries: Lars Westerberg, President & CEO, Autoliv Inc., Tel +46-8-587 20 600 Professor Yngve Håland, Vice President Research, Tel +46-322-62 63 07 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 over 37,000 employees in 30 vehicle-producing countries. In addition, the company has technical centers in nine countries around the world, including 20 test tracks, more than any other automotive safety supplier. Sales in 2003 amounted to US $5.3 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 Exchange (SSE: ALIV). ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2004/06/30/20040630BIT20440/wkr0001.pdf

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Autoliv, Inc. is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, and through its subsidiaries develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers in the world. Together with its joint ventures, Autoliv has more than 80 facilities with 70,000 employees in 27 countries. In addition, the Company has 22 technical centers in nine countries around the world, with 19 test tracks, more than any other automotive safety supplier. Sales in 2016 amounted to about US $10.1 billion. The Company's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ALV) and its Swedish Depository Receipts on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm (ALIV sdb). For more information about Autoliv, please visit our company website at www.autoliv.com.

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