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Researchers Uncover Cause of Takata Air Bag Explosions

According to scientists hired by the auto industry, multiple factors such as high humidity and moisture are the reasons why some Taketa airbags can inflate with excessive force and shoot sharp metal fragments at vehicle occupants upon deployment. Takata air bags have been linked to at least 10 known deaths and nearly 140 injuries worldwide, sparking a massive auto recall of approximately 28 million airbag inflators manufactured by the Japanese auto parts manufacturer. This number is likely to increase, as estimates indicate about 50 million inflators globally are subject to being recalled.

According to Orbital ATK, a research organization that has been examining the cause of these explosions over the past year, the lack of a moisture-absorbing drying agent in Takata’s airbags can cause the ammonium nitrate compound to explode after long-term exposure to heat and moisture. Researchers suggested that Takata’s inflator assembly line may allow moisture to seep into the airbags under humid conditions.

Takata customers Toyota, Honda, BMW, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Fiat, Chrysler, Nissan, General Motors, Ford, and Subaru formed The Independent Testing Coalition and commissioned this research after Takata’s slow efforts produced unsatisfactory explanations for the widespread failure. Takata claims that these findings are consistent with their own research and that further investigations are being conducted to confirm these results. The company states that it is cooperating with the U.S. government and will continue to support future testing.

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