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Asbestos in the Motor

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Updated: Friday, Sep 11,2009, 4:22:20 PM
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Asbestos in the Motor
For many decades, asbestos was used in the automotive industry in brake pads and linings, clutch linings and gaskets. Millions of these products remain on vehicles currently in use, posing a serious risk of exposure to asbestos to current and former automobile mechanic across the country.

Millions of cars and trucks still have asbestos-containing brakes and clutches, which was frequently used in older vehicles. Also, imports of asbestos brake rose 83 per cent over the last ten years. And although it may be a shock to most people, some brakes and clutches produced today are in fact always did with asbestos, while smaller quantities than the brakes older.

Inhalation of asbestos dust can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive and painful cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs. The mechanics did not develop the disease until 15 to 50 years after their first exposure to asbestos, so they may not realize the extent of damage caused to their health. They may also mistaken notion that asbestos was banned.

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