Delphi has said that it will provide safety restraints systems to a major North American automaker on luxury models beginning in calendar year 2005. Delphi described the move as part of the continuing expansion of its customer base beyond former parent GM.

Delphi was awarded a contract worth an estimated $160 million to provide safety systems, including driver and passenger airbags, steering wheels and seat belts to a major customer in North America.

“While focusing on our current customers’ needs, we are also very pleased to supply our award- wining safety systems to new customers around the world,” said James A. Bertrand, Delphi vice president and president of Delphi Safety & Interior Systems.

Delphi says the safety system that will be provided for this North American auto manufacturer also includes Delphi’s Seat Belt Tension Sensing Switch, which when used in combination with Delphi’s Passenger Occupant Detection System, assists the vehicle manufacturer in meeting the new FMVSS 208 regulations.

The seatbelts, for front and rear occupants, will be complemented with Delphi’s load-limiting retractors with pretensioners for improved occupant protection in case of a collision.