Lear Corporation Assists With Earthquake Relief Effort

in Turkey Southfield, Mich. (ots-PRNewswire) - Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) today announced that it would send $10,000 to the Red Cross to help with rebuilding efforts after the recent devastating earthquake in Turkey. Lear has two facilities in Bursa, south of the epicenter of the quake. Lear executives made contact with Plant Manager Nihat Erdin who reassured them that Lear people were safe. "Thank God none of the Lear employees nor their families had any damage," Erdin wrote in an e-mail from Bursa. "We lost power and many of the workers spent the first two nights of this week outside their houses due to their fear of a second strong earthquake, but the situation is now under control. "The earthquake has caused extensive damage in the Marmara region in the northwest, as you probably have seen on TV. We have initiated a campaign in the plant to collect and donate clothing and other goods that may be needed by the survivors," Erdin said. "As a global company, we feel a special connection to the people in each country where we have a presence," said Ken Way, Lear Chairman and CEO. "We are thankful that our people in Bursa are safe and praise their efforts to help their community and their country during this terrible tragedy." Assistance to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey can be made through the American Red Cross at 800-HELP-NOW (800-435- 7669), specifying that the donation is intended for Turkish relief. Contributions also can be made online at www.redcross.org Lear Corporation, a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan (USA) is one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, with 1998 proforma sales of more than $12 billion. The company's world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by more than 100,000 employees in over 300 facilities located in 33 countries. Information about Lear and its products is available on the Internet at http://www.lear.com . ots Original Text Service: Lear Corporation Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Karen Stewart, Director - Corporate Communications of Lear, (in the USA) 248-447-1651 Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/518304.html or fax, (in the USA) 800-758-5804, ext. 518304 Web site: http://www.redcross.org Web site: http://www.lear.com

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