Truck carrying Takata inflators explodes in Texas, killing 1

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, child seats manufactured by Takata Corp. are displayed at a Toyota Motor Corp.'s showroom in Tokyo. Toyota and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. Toyota said Wednesday, May 13, 2015, it was recalling nearly 5 million more vehicles globally for the air bag inflator problem. Some 637,000 of them in the United States. In Japan, it is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

DETROIT (AP) — A truck carrying Takata air bag inflators and a load of volatile ammonium nitrate crashed, caught fire and exploded in southern Texas last week, killing a woman and injuring four others.

Takata says Monday that the truck operated by a subcontractor crashed in the small town of Quemado (kuh-MAH’-doh) near the Mexican border about 140 miles from San Antonio. The company says it sent people to the site and is helping authorities investigate the crash.

Takata has a warehouse in nearby Eagle Pass, Texas, and it has an air bag inflator plant in Monclova, Mexico.

The News Gram of Eagle Pass identified the victim as Lucila Robles, whose home was destroyed in blast.

Takata says it has strict procedures covering transportation of its products that meet all government regulations.

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