December 2, 2020

Misconception Regarding Automobile Brakes & Asbestos

There is a common misconception that automobile brakes no longer contain asbestos.  Unfortunately, this is not true.  Many auto mechanics and even public safety officials are mistaken on this issue.  A recent study confirmed that a significant amount of dust from asbestos can still be found at brake repair shops.  This means that years after mechanics stop working with brakes, they will still be at risk of developing asbestos-related disease, including mesothelioma.  The only known cause of mesothelioma cancer is asbestos exposure, and it can take up to 50 years for symptoms to appear.

In July 1989 the Environmental Protection Agency issued a ban to decrease the use of asbestos in the manufacturing of brakes.  However, a federal court quickly withdrew the order a couple of years later.  An article published in November 2000 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer confirmed that “millions of brakes on cars and trucks, and millions more on parts shelves nationwide, contain asbestos fibers that can kill mechanics.”

Mechanics can be exposed during the most common tasks associated with brake inspection, including hitting a brake drum or wiping it with a dry brush, which can release asbestos particles in the air.

Even though the dangers of asbestos are well-known and safety techniques have been established, most auto-repair shops are still not properly equipped to securely manage exposure.  Mechanics often ignore proper safety procedures due to time constraints and deadlines, putting themselves and co-workers at risk.

If you or a loved one worked in the auto-repair industry, you may be at risk for developing mesothelioma.  Our Utah mesothelioma lawyers can help determine if you are eligible for compensation.  Call 1-877-LOSS RECOVER (1-877-567-7732) for a free case evaluation.