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Cars and Asbestos Cancer?


While the word Mesothelioma may not be a strong word in your vocabulary. In fact, you may not have the slightest clue as to what it is. Asbestos on the other hand you have probably heard of. You know, the super strong, resistant material that has been used in anywhere from drywall to fireproof clothing for firefighters.

Yes, asbestos is good for just about everything. Except… Your health. Before, Mesothelioma was an extremely rare, almost non-existent form of cancer. That is until asbestos came along. Now, almost completely do to contact with asbestos, around 3,000 people die annually do to Mesothelioma.

Asbestos Risk When Working on Cars

Now you are probably thinking, what does Mesothelioma and asbestos have to do with cars? It really doesn’t pose any threat to the average car user. However, if you work on your own car and especially if that car is older or a classic, asbestos poses a significant risk.

How so? Well even though there have been 1000’s of asbestos lawsuits and even lawyers that specialize in the area of asbestos, many car part manufactures still use asbestos in their products. As for classic cars and many times their replacement parts, there are high concentrations of asbestos.

How can you protect yourself? We all know not working on your classic car is not an option. The are many of you that nothing would stop you from working on your baby. Not a broken leg, not a nagging wife and certainly not Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma and Classic Car Lovers

Fortunately it does have to come to all that, well, maybe a broken leg or nagging wife, but Mesothelioma can be one thing you never have to worry about.

All it takes is a little bit of forethought and preparation. First, what is it that you need to worry about. While there are a number of car parts that use asbestos, there are only two that you really have to worry about. Clutches and brakes.

As we all know, clutches and brakes naturally wear down and create dust, this asbestos filled dust gets trapped in the brake housing or clutch compartment. Then, when you open up, all that asbestos dust gets thrown in your face and put in the air. Being that the primary way of getting mesothelioma is by inhaling asbestos dust, you can see where the problem lies.

Take Out the Risk

There are several procedures that can almost completely take out the asbestos risk when working on a car, we are going to use the Wet Method. The most important thing in making this procedure work for you is common sense.

Asbestos DUST is where your biggest risk is. It may be 150 degrees in Phoenix, but don’t turn on your fan will doing this. It is only going to take about 5 minutes, you can turn on the fan when you are finished.

To remove the most cancer risk possible, this should be done before anyother work is done on the brakes or clutch.

Step 1. Wet down the area of the brakes and clutch with a spray bottle. You can use a solvent or water with detergent for the liquid.(Note a mist mode should be used when wetting the area, a stream mode can stir up dust)

Step 2. Wipe the wet area down with a rag removing all dust.

Step 3. Dispose of the rag in an air tight container. This is important because the dust can be released into the air one the rag has dried.

Pretty simple right? This five minute cleaning can save you from being the next Mesothelioma patient, but remember these a preventative measures. If you have not been using these methods in the past, there is a good chance you are at risk.

If you think you might be at risk for Mesothelioma, contact an Arizona Abestos Lawyer. You may be entitled for compensation from the manufacturer.

For more information on Mesothelioma check out osha.gov.