Truck Transporting Takata Airbags Exploded — Here's What Investigation Showed

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Recently, a truck carrying the infamous Takata airbags exploded, after the truck carrying the inflators crashed and caught fire. The explosion was big, which injured 4 people and killed a woman in her house close to where the explosion happened.

The explosion was so bad that pieces of the truck were found almost 1.6km away, and left almost 10 houses damaged. The highway too was left in a bad shape, which had to be closed for more than a day to be fixed.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the truck carrying the Takata airbag inflators was transported safely. NTSB and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have come to this conclusion after conducting initial analysis.

In the following weeks, NTSB is going to decide if there is a necessity for a detailed investigation about the accident. US Democrat senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey, both being members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, have asked for a thorough probe.

They specified that the Japanese airbag maker's inflators contain ammonium nitrate that is used as an explosive for mining and constructions. They want to know if the compound can be transported safely without it exploding in such an accident.

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Story first published: Friday, September 2, 2016, 18:51 [IST]
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