Shifting Consumer and Legislative Requirements Drive Demand For Lear Safety Innovations
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- Injuries from traffic accidents are among the most serious public
health problems globally -- estimates show that whiplash injuries alone
make up about 35% of all vehicle collision injuries and cost about $20
billion annually in North America and Europe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicts U.S.
traffic fatalities and injuries will increase 50% by 2020 because of
population growth, aging baby boomers, an increase in young drivers and
more congestion. Millions of drivers have daily commutes of 90 minutes
or more each way. As they spend more time in their vehicles, their
expectations for safe and comfortable vehicle interiors are also
Studies show that in their next vehicle purchase, consumers would
most likely buy safety-related technologies, such as Lear's IntelliTire®
Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Lear Advanced Front Light System (AFS)
and ProTec™ PluS, Lear's second-generation self-aligning head
"Lear has a long history of safety innovations," said Douglas
DelGrosso, Lear's president and chief operating officer. "Today's
consumers are looking for more safety technology and they have also
indicated a willingness to pay for these features."
Following nearly a decade of successful experience with integrating
active head restraints, Lear has participated with the global community
in developing new injury criteria proposals and test methods. This
leads to the new development of ProTec PluS -- Lear's second-generation
self-aligning head restraint that offers increased protection from
The PluS system utilizes the pelvis, lumbar and shoulders to extend
the activation time to improve head support. In addition to increased
protection, ProTec PluS is able to pass the FMVSS 202A dynamic seat test
option. It supports the head of a 50th percentile occupant even if the
head restraint has not been adjusted and offers significantly improved
passenger comfort and rearward vision.
IntelliTire alerts the driver when tire pressure or temperature is
outside proper operating limits. The system offers high and stable
output power regardless of wheel rim material, as well as outstanding
overall performance based on an optimized system design using either rim
or valve mounted sensors. IntelliTire is offered in basic and high-end
systems to meet the needs of all vehicle segments.
Lear Active Frontlight System offers a highly improved illumination
of the roadway by aligning headlamp light beams with road curve
progression. The flexible and modular design allows a cost-efficient
application of AFS across different vehicle platforms. Because a single
box can cover automatic headlamp leveling and AFS combined, a maximum
use of common parts is guaranteed to further enhance economies of scale.
Whatever option a consumer orders, connectors and wire harness stay
the same, reducing the complexity of the vehicle lighting system.
Additionally, the enhanced bus-based concept ensures if one box is
damaged, the headlamp on the opposite corner works unaffected.
Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) is one of the world's largest suppliers
of automotive interior systems and components. Lear provides complete
seat systems, electronic products and electrical distribution systems
and other interior products. With annual net sales of $17.1 billion,
Lear ranks #127 among the Fortune 500. The company's world-class
products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of
115,000 employees at 282 locations in 34 countries. Lear's headquarters
are in Southfield, Michigan, and Lear is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol [LEA]. Further information about Lear is
available on the Internet at http://www.lear.com/ .
SOURCE: Lear Corporation
CONTACT: Andrea Puchalsky, Director - Corporate Communications of Lear
Web site: http://www.lear.com/
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Posted on 4/3/2006