The explosion occurred in Quemado, a Texas border town about 140 miles from San Antonio. The blast was so intense, it leveled one person’s house, and left debris up to two miles from where the truck crashed, The News Gram reported.
Takata, which is currently facing legal action over its allegedly defective airbags, has sent people to the crash site and is working with authorities there. It has a warehouse in nearby Eagle Pass, Texas, and an air bag inflator factory across the border in Monclova, Mexico. This factory made the faulty inflators that were blamed in several defective Takata airbag-related deaths.
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As a result, massive airbag recalls have been announced to address issues involving defective airbags. These recalls affect vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. Airbag failures have allegedly caused situations in which passenger vehicle occupants have either not survived relatively minor driving incidents or have suffered serious, permanent injuries. Lawsuits have been filed against the makers of certain automobiles and airbags, alleging the safety devices failed to work as promised.