“Takata’s use of unusual chemicals to expand airbags may face safety probe”

“Takata’s use of unusual chemicals to expand airbags may face safety probe.” Automotive News. Oct. 2014.

“An investigation into airbags made by Takata Corp. that have been linked to at least four deaths and more than 30 injuries in the U.S. may look at the company’s unusual choice of ammonium nitrate to inflate its airbags…

“No other supplier other than Takata has used this ammonium nitrate,” said Jochen Siebert, Shanghai­ based managing director of JSC Automotive Consulting, which advises automakers and parts suppliers…

The company improperly stored chemicals and mishandled explosive propellants used in its airbags at its plant in Monclova, Mexico, Hitoshi Sano, the company’s vice president of investor relations, said during an interview in August…”  read in full