Ammonium Nitrate-One Problem with the recalled Takata Airbags
The ammonium nitrate Takata used as a propellant in the affected airbags becomes unstable when exposed to high humidity. Ammonium nitrate is highly sensitive to temperature change, moisture, and time. Consequently, cars along the U.S. Gulf Coast and other humid areas have experienced numerous instances of explosion on deployment. Six deaths have been linked to Takata airbags.
Three New Requirements Announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
- Takata preserves all air bag inflators removed through the recall process as evidence for NHTSA investigation and private litigation cases.
- NHTSA investigators have access to those inflators.
- Engineering Analysis in which NHTSA examines failed parts and recreates the problems in a lab setting.