Magnified fibers present in asbestos products.

Asbestos Products Lurk in Commonly Used Consumer Goods

Industry giants knew for decades that their products contained, or could become contaminated with, asbestos. Yet they failed to warn about the risk of asbestos exposure.

It has been known for decades that asbestos exposure can lead to serious diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma. The asbestos products were widely used in automotive, construction, and shipbuilding materials, and workers in those industries learned the hard way about the dangers of asbestos exposure. In the past 10 years it been proven that asbestos products can be lurking in some commonly used consumer products. This proof has led to a new group of mesothelioma lawsuits.

Asbestos in Talc

Asbestos is mined from the earth in much the same areas and fashion as talc, so it isn’t unreasonable to presume that talc can become contaminated with asbestos. Internal documents from consumer product giant Johnson & Johnson have revealed that the company was aware of asbestos in its talc products for decades.

In October 2019, the company recalled 33,000 bottles of its iconic Johnson’s Baby Powder after testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found traces of asbestos in bottles of the baby powder. In May 2020, the company announced it was discontinuing sales of Johnson’s Baby Powder in the U.S. and Canada due to a drop in demand after being hit with a mountain of mesothelioma lawsuits as well as ovarian cancer lawsuits.

Beasley Allen lawyers are litigating these cases on behalf of clients and are qualified and equipped to take on corporate giants, such as Johnson & Johnson, to ensure that our clients receive just compensation.

Automotive Products Containing Asbestos

Asbestos is a durable, fire-resistant mineral which made it an ideal material for vehicular brakes. The concentration of asbestos in brakes could range from 30% to 80%. Because brakes need to be regularly maintained, hundreds of thousands of automotive mechanics have been exposed to asbestos over the years.

One way is by “blowing out” brakes. Mechanics would use an air hose to clean the surfaces of the brakes. As a result, unwittingly sent microscopic asbestos fibers into the air, increasing their risk of inhaling or swallowing the fibers.

“Amazingly, a number of automotive companies, including Ford and Bendix, used certain brakes made with asbestos until the 1990s and, perhaps, beyond, despite knowing that the brakes contained asbestos and they were putting mechanics at risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma,” Stern said.

Beasley Allen mesothelioma lawyers fight to protect the lives and rights of men and women who are exposed to asbestos in the automotive industry. Unfortunately, after 40 years of defending these cases, automotive manufacturers have become very skilled at deflecting blame and attempting to limit recovery for those injured by asbestos. Beasley Allen lawyers have skill, experience, and institutional knowledge required to combat these tactics and ensure that our clients are compensated and these bad actors are held to account.

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