Takata Failures Seen Caused by Design, Chemistry, Climate

  • Findings based on tests by Orbital ATK, hired by automakers
  • Safety device linked to 10 deaths, 19 million vehicle recalls

Researchers hired by a coalition of automakers found that moisture -- seeping from the environment into the inflator and not dried by a chemical -- is the reason why Takata Corp. air bags rupture and spray shards of metal and plastic at motorists.

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