ZF Friedrichshafen AG won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to buy TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. on the condition it sells TRW’s linkage and suspension business in North America and Europe.

The FTC said without the asset sales the $12.4 billion merger would harm competition in the market for heavy-vehicle tie rods. ZF and Livonia, Michigan-based TRW, merging to create the world’s second-largest auto-parts supplier, have only one rival in North America for tie rods designed for vehicles weighing at least six tons, the FTC said.

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