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MORTON TO PRODUCE PASSENGER-SIDE HYBRID AIRBAGS FOR FORD

 MORTON TO PRODUCE PASSENGER-SIDE HYBRID AIRBAGS FOR FORD
 CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Morton International (NYSE: MII)


today announced that Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) has chosen Morton's hybrid inflators for a Ford vehicle model line. Morton will supply the passenger-side airbag module, which uses stored argon gas to inflate the bag. Previously, Morton announced it had become Ford's second airbag supplier for its occupant restraint requirements. This currently includes airbag modules for various driver and passenger-side systems.
 "We have been working with Ford for more than a year on development of the hybrid passenger inflator," said Kenneth D. Holmgren, president of Morton Automotive Safety Products. "Morton is the only airbag company with the ability to supply both the pyrotechnic and hybrid inflator technologies."
 Morton and OEA, Inc., of Denver have a teaming arrangement to develop and produce hybrid inflators. The Morton/OEA hybrid inflator provides a design alternative to the all-pyrotechnic inflator which employs gas generant to create nitrogen gas and is used in the majority of airbag systems in the field today. Hybrid inflators contain pressurized argon gas augmented by a heat generator upon deployment.
 Morton International is a Chicago-based manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals, automotive inflatable restraint systems and salt.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Hobor of Morton International, 312-807-2424/
 (MII F) CO: Morton International; Ford Motor Co. ST: Illinois IN: AUT SU: CON


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