Delphi is providing its first prepackaged driver side airbag assembly in the steering wheel for the Smart Fortwo vehicle made by Daimler. The steering wheel and airbag are usually shipped as separate components. Delphi is also supplying the passenger side airbag and passive occupant detection system for the Fortwo.

In addition, Delphi supplies the steering wheel clock spring with integrated steering angle sensor, wash/wiper stalk, direction indicator stalk and selespeed switches on the steering wheel for the vehicle.

"Our prepackaged approach to the steering wheel and airbag contributes to the Smart Fortwo's quality and value by helping to reduce cost," said Beth Schwarting, lead executive for Delphi's Safety Systems Product Business Unit.

"As one of the most highly interfaced systems in the vehicle, steering wheels need to be durable and stylish with the right functional feel. Our design provides the right features and style that uniquely fit the Smart Fortwo's interior and image."

The Smart Fortwo has a two-spoke or three-spoke grain textured steering wheel to provide a sporty feel, fit and finish. The prepackaged airbag adds increased value and simplicity in the assembly process.

Building steering wheels to meet manufacturers' requirements, Delphi's two, three or four-spoke steering wheels can include features such as integral airbags and steering wheel mounted accessory controls. Delphi manufactures steering wheels in polyurethane, vinyl base material over cast alloy or welded steel structures that include leather-wrap, heated rim, wood and other decorative trim options.

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