Patents owned by Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. show that the company has known for more than a dozen years about the defects that can make its airbags deploy with excessive force, sometimes killing and maiming vehicles occupants with metal and plastic shrapnel. Bloomberg News reviewed patents obtained by a law firm involved in the Takata airbag litigation. The patents indicate the supplier sought ways to improve the sodium nitrate-based propellant system and strengthen the metal airbag housing as early as 2000. Ammonium nitrate is one of the various methods airbag manufacturers use as a propellant. Takata chose to use ... Read More
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