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Multiple warnings about the dangers of the ammonium nitrate used in Takata airbags went ignored to save just a few dollars per airbag, according to a report by The New York Times. To date, faulty Takata airbags have killed at least 14 people and injured over 100 more, prompting the largest automotive safety recall in…
A woman was killed in her home by an explosion Monday morning involving a truckload of airbag detonation triggers which was on its way to a Takata automotive parts plant, according to multiple reports.
It all comes down to the cheap explosive, one that even Takata itself reportedly knew was going to get people killed.
The Japanese Ministry of Transport is partnering with automakers to send workers to visit the homes of car owners who have not yet had their potentially lethal Takata airbags fixed. That might seem strange to outsiders, but in Japan, this kind of house call is the norm.