Asbestos in Hood Liners Exposure and Risks

Summary

Hood liners made before the 1990’s often contained asbestos to boost the hood liners’ heat and sound insulation. Though effective, the asbestos in these hood liners has had grave health consequences for some automotive workers and enthusiasts. Asbestos exposure can cause deadly diseases with low survival rates, including mesothelioma.

Asbestos in Hood Liners Explained

A vehicle hood liner is a piece of material attached to the underside of the hood, which provides insulation against heat and noise. It also protects the paint on the car hood, preventing damage from engine heat. It can also provide some protection during an engine fire. In addition, a hood liner keeps much of the engine and road noise from traveling into the car interior.

Many hood liners, especially in older cars, were manufactured using asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a naturally occurring family of minerals that was often used in building and automotive materials because of its strengthening and insulating properties. The small, densely packed fibers that form asbestos give the mineral these desirable properties.

Automotive manufacturers found that adding asbestos fibers to hood liners increased the liners’ ability to provide both heat and sound insulation.

American manufacturers no longer use asbestos in the production of new vehicle hood liners, but asbestos may be found in hood liners from other countries or in vehicles made before the 1990’s. If you are working with an older car, or foreign aftermarket hood liners, be wary of the potential asbestos content and take proper precautions.

Who Was Exposed to Asbestos in Hood Liners?

People who work or worked with asbestos-containing hood liners are the most likely people to be exposed to asbestos. However, airborne asbestos fibers often cling to clothing, vehicles, and other materials, exposing additional friends and family members to asbestos as well.

Individuals most likely to be exposed to asbestos in hood liners include:

  • Hood liner manufacturing workers
  • Automotive mechanics
  • Automotive technicians
  • Shop workers
  • Car collectors and restoration enthusiasts
  • Family members

While it’s possible to inhale asbestos fibers the first time you work with them, people who frequently work with these substances are at the highest risk of developing mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos exposure.

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Health Risks of Asbestos in Hood Liners

Unfortunately, asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. These diseases pose a serious health risk for individuals who have inhaled asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma symptoms do not show up until 10-50 years after exposure. Once diagnosed, people with mesothelioma have a poor prognosis and are unlikely to survive the disease.

How Inhaling Asbestos Fibers Can Lead to Mesothelioma

When airborne asbestos fibers are inhaled, they become lodged in the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen. Over time, these lodged asbestos fibers trigger a mutation in nearby cells, which changes healthy cells into cancerous ones.

Mesothelioma cells multiply and spread, forming small tumors thinly spread across the organ linings, making them more challenging to remove surgically than the bulk tumors in other cancers. Worsening outcomes, mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose in its early stages, and many patients only discover the disease after it has a strong foothold in the body.

Certain forms of lung cancer are also linked to asbestos exposure. Like mesothelioma, these cancers are caused by mutating cells that spread.

Asbestosis (lung scarring) is another disease caused by asbestos exposure. It makes it difficult for the lungs to work correctly, resulting in pain, discomfort, or death. Asbestosis has a better prognosis than mesothelioma but still has severe symptoms and no cure. These symptoms must be managed with medication and treatment for the rest of a person’s life.

Seeking Justice for Mesothelioma

Unfortunately, many people have developed mesothelioma as a result of working with asbestos in hood liners. If you received a mesothelioma diagnosis after working with hood liners or other asbestos products, you may be eligible for legal compensation.

Contact the Justice Support Team for more information on how you may have been exposed. Call us at (888) 360-4215 or request a FREE Mesothelioma Justice Guide to better understand your next steps in seeking justice.

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Last modified: September 12, 2018