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TRW Admits Guilt in Price Fixing

“Premature” to say if further charges could follow.

by on Jul.31, 2012

TRW pleads guilty and pays $5 mil fine.

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. said its German subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit to price fixing charges filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and pay a $5.1 million fine.

TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH of Koblenz, Germany has agreed to plead guilty for its involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices of seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels sold to two German automobile manufacturers, and installed in cars sold in the United States, according to the Justice Dept.

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“By agreeing to fix the prices of seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels, the conspirators eliminated competition for occupant safety parts in cars sold to U.S. consumers,” said Scott D. Hammond, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement program.