Truck Carrying Takata Parts Crashes And Explodes En Route To Plant, One Casualty

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Takata’s faulty airbags killed over a dozen people, and the fragments that came out of their faulty inflators injured hundreds.
Earlier this week, a truck that was carrying parts to Takata’s automotive parts factory crashed and exploded, which caused the death of a person and the injury of four.

Normally, a truck accident is not international news, but it becomes one if it involves a load of airbag detonators that explode. According to investigators, the explosion was not directly caused by the accident. Most likely, the airbag detonators exploded because the truck that was carrying them caught fire, which led to an explosion.

It all happened on U.S. Highway 277, near the intersection of FM 1666, beside the house of a 69-year-old woman named Lucila Robles. She lived alone, and the truck went off the road, caught fire, and exploded outside her home.

The vehicle was being driven by a 20-year-old driver named Mario Alberto Rodriguez, which managed to escape the cabin with his passenger before the blast.

The same explosion injured an elderly couple, which was driving on the same stretch of road in a Toyota SUV. The four injured people were brought to a hospital in Eagle Pass, then airlifted to San Antonio, Texas.

According to Jalopnik, the reason why the truck left the road is undeer investigation. It was towing a flatbed trailer that was filled with airbag cartridges, which were meant to go from Del Rio to Takata’s facility in Eagle Pass, Texas.

The accident took place on August 22, but the death of the 69-year-old lady was confirmed after a two-day search, while she was considered missing. Dental pieces found at the scene of the explosion were discovered during the search, which concluded that the sole resident of the house died in the blast.

As you already know, Takata is the supplier responsible for the world’s largest safety recall, which will involve over 100 million vehicles across the globe. The supplier knowingly manufactured airbag inflators that could be dangerous in certain conditions. The recall is ongoing, and will take multiple years to resolve. 
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