Automotive production and assembly plants have been one of America’s employers for the past hundred years. This massive industry required hundreds of thousands of professional, skilled and unskilled workers to build cars, trucks, busses as well as many specialized vehicles.
Every automotive assembly plant used asbestos-containing products. Big players like Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors didn’t have a monopoly on asbestos, companies that produced limited-edition vehicles needed asbestos-containing materials, too.
In fact, practically every automotive system used asbestos.
Asbestos was added to automotive parts because it was heat resistant and fireproof. That made asbestos the perfect choice for auto parts subjected to friction and ignition.
Automotive engineers considered asbestos the miracle material. Asbestos could be used for a variety of applications and was stable when blended with other raw materials.
Asbestos was lightweight, had excellent insulation properties, didn’t conduct electricity and was non-corrosive. Also, asbestos was readily available and cheap to purchase.