More Takata Air Bags Trouble—With a Twist

Yet another fatality involving Takata air bags has happened, but it wasn’t the kind of accident you might be imagining. In August, 2016, near Quemado, Texas, a truck carrying Takata air bag inflators and propellant with ammonium nitrate crashed in a one-vehicle accident, then caught fire and blew up. The explosion demolished a house and killed the woman inside it as well as injuring four others in the area. The blast was so powerful that 10 other homes were damaged, and debris from the accident was found almost a mile away. The driver and his passenger managed to get out of the truck before it blew up. It has been determined that the truck’s driver, on his way to a Takata plant in Eagle Pass, Texas, was going over the speed limit while approaching a curve and failed to stay on the road. The crash was a terrible tragedy. It’s also strange that the cargo—Takata air bag inflators and propellant, implicated in deaths of at least 14 others—was what caused the truck to explode. Normally a truck crash such as this one doesn’t make national news. We might close the book on the story here, except for two factors making[…..]

Ford Recalls 150,000 F-150 Pickup Trucks for Accidental Air Bag Deployment

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks from model years 2005-2006 because of the potential chance that the air bags will deploy without warning. An MSNBC article states that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received reports of 98 injuries from unintended air bag deployment. The government has reportedly encouraged Ford to recall 1.3 million F-150s from the 2004-2006 model years. While it is unclear at this time whether the Ford recall will be expanded, the NHTSA is investigating whether the recall is too limited. Ford had originally stated that air bags accidentally deploying in the pickups posed a “relatively low risk”. The NHTSA began investigating air bag issues with Ford pickup trucks over a year ago. In May, Ford informed the government that some reported injuries caused by accidental air bag deployment included neck and back pain, bruises, burns, cuts, and two individuals reported broken or chipped teeth and two reported fractures of the elbow or arm. Ford’s F-Series pickup truck is one of the most popular vehicles in the United States and the recall is expected to be closely monitored to ensure consumer safety. Car manufacturers are responsible for designing and creating[…..]