Airbag specialist TRW Vehicle Safety Systems has announced that beginning in late 2005, its Mesa Operations in Arizona will manufacture the next generation heated gas inflator (HGI), a world-class, low cost, environmentally friendly passenger airbag inflator.

Mesa Operations holds the technology patents for this new inflator technology that employs a simple high-pressure hydrogen fuel/air mixture and contains no solid propellant or moving parts. Production is scheduled to begin in October 2005 and is planned for multiple major North American vehicle manufacturers.

The new HGI line will replace older inflator technology that will be run out by mid-2005. Initial HGI production will run on one shift, with shifts to be added based on customer demand.