Asbestos-Containing Auto Parts Still a Threat

The following post was provided by the folks at the Mesothelioma Cancer Center to remind us DIY types of the dangers that exist in many autootive applications. Especially risky are some of the compounds (like asbestos) that were in use back when your project car was built that are just waiting for you to blast away with an air line.

Repairing your own vehicle can be a great money saver, but it also puts your safety at risk. Many car enthusiasts who make DIY repairs to their vehicles may not be aware of the health risks they are taking.

Throughout most of the 20th century, asbestos was utilized by car manufacturers in brakes pads, linings, gaskets and clutches. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is flame resistant and very durable. These qualities made it an obvious choice for use in automobile manufacturing. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of a rare and fatal cancer known as mesothelioma. Today, as asbestos has not been totally banned from use, many of these products may still contain asbestos. This poses a severe health risk to auto mechanics and people who make DIY car repairs.

Exposure to asbestos one time does not always mean you will develop a related illness, but repeated exposure definitely raises the risk. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is not usually diagnosed until its later stages when it is more difficult to treat effectively. This is because the symptoms do not usually show up 15 to 25 years after initial exposure.

Because of the large amount of asbestos-related illnesses, mesothelioma lawyers are protecting victims’ rights by helping them file lawsuits against the companies who are responsible. Many of these companies were well aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure, but continued mass production anyways. Millions of people have been unjustly exposed for financial gain.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has set further standards in working with asbestos and avoiding auto-mobile exposure. By following their listed practices, car owners and mechanics can substantially minimize the chances of asbestos exposure.


  1. Gary Faules says

    Paul, that’s exactly what he died from.

    Naturally because of the line of automotive work I have been in for over 45 years I am amazed how many times I have heard of such a tragedy. In all honesty we never really knew back in those days that there was any reason for concern and I cant begin to tell you how much asbestos I have inhaled in my lifetime. If that wasn’t bad enough I smoke like a chimney for 20 years. ( I quite for a b-day present for my son when he asked me to on his 5th b-day.) The good news is, all my checks ups have found me to be in excellent physical condition. God willing it will stay that way.

  2. says

    Fortunately, I haven’t known any techs who have died from it. Sadly though, I have lost count of how many body guys I’ve worked with who have passed away from lung cancer.

  3. joymatheve says

    Asbestos was a popular product in automobile component manufacturing. Some parts that contained asbestos are brake pads, clutch facings and gaskets. In fact, many of these asbestos-containing auto parts are still in use, meaning they are a continuing threat to those who work with them on a regular basis.
    Anyone who is suffering from Mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure then he can file a Mesothelioma Lawsuit for case settlement.

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