General Motors has awarded a $600 million (about E476 million) seat belt contract to Autoliv for the next generation of GM's Delta small-car architecture.
Autoliv says it is by far the largest seat belt contract in the company's history. The Swedish supplier expects its work on the contract to run from 2008 to 2015. The company did not identify the customer, but a GM source confirmed the award.
Autoliv said its seat belt systems will have pre-tensioners that tighten the seat belt at the onset of a crash and load limiters that reduce pressure on the belt prior to the airbags deploying. The tightening then loosening of the seat belt is supposed to reduce the severity of injuries caused during a violent crash.
The products will be manufactured at Autoliv's plants in China, Romania, Poland, Hungary and Mexico, the company said.
Among the global front-wheel-drive vehicles off the Delta architecture are the Opel Astra and Chevrolet HHR.
Earlier this year, Autoliv landed a contract to supply airbags for the next generation of GM's Epsilon architecture for mid-sized, front-wheel-drive cars. Epsilon 2 cars include the Opel Vectra, Saab 9-3, Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6.
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