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Dana Corporation, an automotive parts manufacturer out of Toledo, Ohio, sold asbestos-containing auto parts for years, and has been facing legal pressure ever since.

Former Dana workers and consumers faced asbestos exposure and subsequently developed asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer, adenocarcinoma, pulmonary fibrosis and asbestosis. Dana Corporation has settled thousands of asbestos claims, and in 2007 reportedly faced around 150,000 asbestos exposure lawsuits.

Current and former Dana Corporation workers have filed asbestos exposure claims against the company. In 2008, Dana Corporation set aside $240 million, ostensibly to pay for current and future asbestos lawsuits. The company continues to pay claimants through a trust fund.

Dana Corporation Asbestos Exposure

Dana workers most likely exposed to toxic asbestos materials include:

  • Auto production workers
  • Boiler workers
  • Mechanics
  • Engine room staff
  • Maintenance staff
  • Metal workers
  • Pipefitters & Plumbers
  • Plant workers

Dana Corporation Asbestos Auto Parts

Some asbestos products manufactured by Dana Corporation may include:

  • Axles
  • Brake linings
  • Brake pads
  • Driveshafts
  • Gaskets
  • Seals
  • Transmissions
  • Universal joints


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Auto Plant Asbestos Exposure

The disturbance of asbestos creates dust and fibers that can be inhaled and ingested. Such exposure can later lead to mesothelioma and other severe forms of lung cancer. Unlike some other ingested toxins that are naturally flushed from the body over time, asbestos usually remains embedded in the lung tissue. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both consider asbestos to be a known carcinogen, leading to cancer with even a short exposure. 

As a result, there are new diagnoses of lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma—asbestos-related illnesses potentially due to past asbestos exposure. The majority of those who develop mesothelioma worked in an environment where asbestos was present.

Mesothelioma cancer has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature with a latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos. 

Most deaths from malignant mesothelioma in the United States are the result of exposures to asbestos decades prior. However, the continuing occurrence of mesothelioma deaths among persons under the age of 55 suggests ongoing occupational and environmental exposures to asbestos fibers, despite years of action by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed at limiting asbestos exposure for much of the last 40 years.

Asbestos Exposure Questions

How Were Auto Workers Exposed to Asbestos?

Thousands of auto plant workers and auto-repair workers have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. A warning published by the Automotive Safety Association found that about 10 percent of auto mechanics could be at risk for developing an asbestos-related cancer.

Since repair shops often have ventilation issues, the enclosed work spaces and presence of asbestos fibers made the occupation particularly dangerous. Dana Workers can contact The Lyon Firm for more information on their risk factors.

How Does Asbestos Exposure Occur?

When asbestos breaks down over time or with use, the fibers of the material can become airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting the toxin. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent, and those heavily exposed can develop scarring in the lungs and later develop lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

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