Mechanics and car enthusiasts risk asbestos exposure from certain automobile parts, including car hoodliners
Originally designed to save car passenger lives, asbestos hoodliners have instead contributed to countless asbestos-related deaths attributed to the toxic fibers they were made of. Race car driver/movie star Steve McQueen was just one of thousands of victims of automotive asbestos exposure.
UPDATE ON ASBESTOS HOODLINERS
June 3, 2010 – Hoodliners are located on the underside of automobile hoods and have provided fireproof safety for decades because they were constructed with asbestos.
Designed to keep the automobile hood cool and to protect the car's engine from overheating, a hoodliner also protects drivers and passengers in the event of an engine fire.
In that situation, a set of bolts underneath the hood are designed to melt quickly, releasing the hoodliner onto the source of the fire and smothering it, giving passengers extra time to escape the vehicle.
Millions of vehicles have been manufactured with asbestos hoodliners. And consequently, thousands of automobile mechanics and car enthusiasts have died from mesothelioma cancer and other fatal asbestos-related diseases.
Automotive asbestos exposure is caused when workers inhale asbestos fibers that can dislodge from these products during any stage of a hoodliner’s life: its manufacture and its installation, as well as during removal and repair activities.
The health hazard is aggravated in the confined areas of an automobile garage or mechanics’ pit, where asbestos fibers can float thickly in the air.
Cars manufactured with asbestos hoodliners place innocent people at risk for developing mesothelioma, the signature asbestos-related cancer diagnosed in 3,000 U.S. cases every year.
Courts today hold the companies that designed and manufactured asbestos hoodliners responsible for the asbestos-related diseases that have plagued mechanics and car enthusiasts for decades.
If you at any time worked in a garage and you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, a free legal consultation with a Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos attorney can help you make informed legal decisions during this difficult time.
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