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Monday, 29 August 2016 23:08

Truck Carrying Takata Air Bags Explodes, Burns Houses, Kills Woman

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Truck carrying Takata air bags explodes, burns houses, kills Texas woman
File photo of a Takata airbag that exploded in a vehicle in South Carolina

 

A truck carrying Takata air bag inflators and propellants exploded in South Texas last week, killing one person, the company said on August 29.

The inflators and propellants are at the center of a global recall involving exploding airbags. The defective bags have killed at least 14 people in the U.S.

The truck in last week's incident, operated by a subcontractor, was bound for a Takata warehouse in Eagle Pass when the accident occurred.

The ensuing explosion destroyed a nearby home, killing 69-year-old Lucida Robles. It also burned 10 other houses and injured a driver and passenger in a passing vehicle.

News 4 San Antonio said the explosion was not caused by a collision with another vehicle, suggesting it was caused by a problem in the truck, its trailer or the cargo.

Takata has a warehouse in Eagle Pass that stocks inflators manufactured across the border at a plant in Monclava.

Takata said it sent personnel to the site to help investigate the incident.

The Takata recall is the largest in the history of the auto industry. Prolonged exposure of the inflators to hot conditions can cause airbags to explode, spraying shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

More than 100 million vehicles worldwide with Takata inflators are being recalled.

 

We would like to thank the Dallas Morning News for reprint permission.


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