Truck Hauling Takata Air Bag Parts Explodes
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A truck carrying Takata air bag inflators and propellants exploded in Texas earlier this month, killing one woman and injuring four others, according to Reuters.
Reuters cited local media reports that the fatal explosion occurred Aug. 22 and destroyed a home. The truck, operated by a subcontractor, was on its way to a Takata facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, when it was involved in a crash that sparked the explosion. The Eagle Pass plant stocks air bag inflators manufactured at a facility across the Mexican border in Monclova, Coahuila.
A Takata spokesman in Tokyo confirmed that the truck was hauling air bag inflators and propellants containing ammonium nitrate, Reuters reported. The spokesman added that the company is cooperating with authorities investigating the incident.
Takata air bag inflators containing ammonium nitrate have been linked to at least 14 fatalities worldwide, triggering the largest safety recall in U.S. history.