- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A semi-truck explosion last week that leveled a Texas bordertown woman’s home was so powerful it took authorities consulting dental records to positively identify the remains of 69-year-old Lucila Robles.

“The woman, who worked at Laughlin Air Force Base, in Del Rio, Texas, was killed during the explosion of a truck and trailer loaded with air bag cartridges near Quemado, Texas,” explained the Conexion Del Rio news site on Aug. 24. 

The truck, which was headed to a Takata Corp. air bag plant in Mexico, crashed in front of Ms. Robles’ home on Aug. 22. The resulting explosion “cratered the ground and damaged the road,” Conexion Del Rio reported, and shrapnel from the explosion was found as far away as one mile from ground zero.

Four individuals involved in the crash, including truck driver Mario Alberto Rodriguez, were airlifted to San Antonio after initially being treated for injuries in nearby Eagle Pass, according to Conexion Del Rio.

As Car and Driver magazine explained on Aug. 5, the Takata Corp. has been the subject of air bag recalls affecting some 34 million vehicles on the road in the United States and another 7 million worldwide after it was discovered that the company’s “defective inflator and propellent devices” in the air bags may “deploy improperly in the event of a crash, shooting metal fragments into vehicle occupants.”

Car and Driver noted “there have been at least two deaths and 30 injuries in Honda vehicles” that carry the company’s air bags.

The Takata Corp. “has had two straight years of losses over the recalls,” The Associated Press reported on Monday.

What’s more, the Tokyo-based manufacturer “also faces multiple class-action lawsuits over its defective air bag inflators,” AP said.

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