SPECIAL REPORT-Plant with troubled past at center of Takata air bag probe

jueves 20 de noviembre de 2014 08:39 GYT

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* Takata's Mexico plant blew up in 2006

* Defective air bags made there in 2001-2 and 2012

* Engineers struggled with quality at plant, Reuters finds

* Workers pressured to boost output as airbag demand soared

* Unclear how much Takata HQ knew of problems in Mexico

By Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein and Ben Klayman

CIUDAD FRONTERA, Mexico/DETROIT, Nov 20 (Reuters) - The dusty, industrial town of Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has moved from the far reaches of the global auto supply chain to the front lines of an investigation into why air bags from Takata Corp are blowing up with lethal force in accidents.

The Takata plant there has been confirmed as the source of defective air bags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, according to recall records, automakers and regulators. In 2006, the factory blew up, driving home for workers and residents the volatility and risk of the explosive compound at the core of Takata's air bags.   Continuación...