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Asbestos in Automobiles

Many people are aware of the health risks of asbestos exposure in older homes and other buildings. However, another source of asbestos that often goes unnoticed is automobiles. There are several different types of car parts that once contained asbestos, and these parts can still carry asbestos even today.

Although many people believe that asbestos was banned outright in the 1980s, it was only restricted and generally phased out. However, there are still some industries that rely on asbestos, including car manufacturers. Due to asbestos’ resiliency to heat and flame, it made an excellent material and additive for several different car parts.

Car Components and Asbestos

Asbestos has been utilized as a component in a variety of automotive parts, such as:

  • Hood liners
  • Clutches
  • Brakes
  • Gaskets
  • Valves
  • Other parts exposed to high heat

However, over time asbestos can break down into dangerous microscopic fibers, especially in auto parts like brake pads and clutches. Thus, when mechanics go to change these parts, they can be subjected to large amounts of asbestos fiber.

Cancer from Asbestos

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen. When you inhale or ingest the fibers, they can become lodged in your organs. From here, you can develop malignant, cancerous tumors that can gradually shut down your organs. Sadly, even just a one-time exposure to asbestos can greatly increase a person’s chance of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers.

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While mechanics must now follow strict safety protocol when handling asbestos parts, they can still suffer from asbestos exposure. Additionally, retired mechanics are also at risk for developing mesothelioma and other health problems as a result of exposure in years past. If you need more information regarding asbestos and its dangers, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page immediately.

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