Yes, asbestos is currently legal and used within products made in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency worked to ban different asbestos-containing products in the early 1970s, but in 1991, most of the bans were overturned with the help of asbestos industry supporters.
Different countries around the world have recognized asbestos for the hazardous substance it is, and have banned the substance completely. But which ones are they? Currently, there are 56 on the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat list:
New Zealand recently announced that it will become the 56th country to completely ban the importation of asbestos and asbestos-containing products. The import of raw asbestos has already been banned in the country, but it will soon prohibit the import of products containing asbestos to protect its citizens from deadly asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma.