LONDON – European manufacturers have been given the go-ahead to use explosive chemicals as igniters for airbags after a new European Union law had threatened to put them out of business. The new legislation drawn up by the European Commission in Brussels in 2005 principally was aimed at the fireworks industry and laid down new regulations to ensure safety in handling, storage and transportation binding across the 25 member countries. But explosives used in airbag manufacture also were ...

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