There is nothing quite like getting your hands on the car of your dreams. What if the car of your dreams was filled with unknown dangers to hobbyists? Classic cars often contain many old parts that need replacing that contain asbestos. Tinkering on that classic car of yours could pose a dangerous risk to you and your family.
Asbestos in Car Parts
Historically, asbestos was used in car parts because of its ability to withstand friction and extreme heat. Asbestos can often be found in brake pads and linings, clutch discs, transmission parts, gaskets, valve rings, hood linings, insulation, and fiberglass or plastic body work. Asbestos was used in the brakes of new cars until 1987, but still today is used in replacement brakes, as well as in clutches and gaskets.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral once used in many products due to its strength and ability to resist heat, as well as insulate. If asbestos is disturbed, the fibers become airborne resulting in inhalation or ingestion.
There is no “safe” level of exposure to asbestos; even minimal levels can cause the following asbestos-related diseases: mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other cancers.
When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they penetrate different areas of the body, causing both scaring and genetic damage to cells. Over time, the asbestos fibers disrupt the normal process of cell division and replication and, eventually, can cause cancer.
Risk In The Automotive Industry
Automotive technicians and mechanics, as well as do-it-yourself mechanics, who handle parts containing asbestos, risk exposure to this harmful substance, increasing their risks for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Brayton Purcell LLP is a team of attorneys that obtains compensation for mechanics, repair shop employees, repair shop owners, and do-it-yourself+ mechanics who suffer from these diseases. Experienced and determined to win for our clients, we have the investigative resources and trial skills needed to handle these often challenging cases.