Takata Air Bag Propellants Explode on Highway in Quemado
A truck carrying Takata Corp. inflators and a volatile chemical believed to be ammonium nitrate exploded last week in Quemado, Texas, killing a woman and injuring four others. The truck crashed on a road in front of the 69-year-old victim’s property, then plowed into her home, completely destroying it while she was still inside.
According the The New York Times, the explosion was so intense, it took two days to discover the victim’s remains. The tragedy further underscores the dangers previously posed by Takada airbags and the propellant used to deploy them upon impact.
The company is still trying to work through the largest automotive recall in U.S. history related to faulty air bags that have been linked to at least 11 deaths.
Takata says it sent people to the Quemado explosion site and is helping authorities investigate the crash. The company has a warehouse in nearby Eagle Pass, Texas, and it has an air bag inflator factory across the border in Monclova, Mexico.
Drivers of the type of truck involved in the Quemado accident are required to wear fire-resistant clothing, steel-toed boots with rubber soles, safety goggles and helmets, pointing to the potential danger of carrying such cargo.
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