• Dec 28th 2005 at 11:30AM
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According to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), asbestos hasn’t been completely eradicated from domestic car building. In fact, far from it—all major Japanese auto manufacturers (save Honda) continued to incorporate asbestos in manufacturing up until last month. According to JAMA, the toxic material was used in the assembly of 1.64 million vehicles produced since 1996.

According to the organization, however, there is no risk of the carcinogen becoming airborn and being inhaled by humans, as the asbestos is kneaded into resin and/or sealed.

Interestingly, the study cites Suzuki as the leading employer of the material, having used it in the production of some 1.01 million vehicles. Other companies covered in the JAMA report include Toyota, Isuzu, Nissan, Hino, and Mitsubishi.

The report did not detail use of asbestos by manufacturers from other nations.

[Source: The Japan Times]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lone abstainer: Honda

      Once again, Honda leads the way.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this. Laugh because the Japanese are the best, Baby, and can do no wrong. Or cry because it is so ridiculous that if GM did this over here you'd here outcries as if GM were baby killers or something: "They're so behind they're still using asbestos". "That's just like them".

      I guess they aren't counting on someone doing any mods on their car and ripping parts out to install a stereo system (running wires to the bass in the back) or something like the kids do over here. Don't worry it's covered. I like the Japanese attitude. What you can't see won't hurt you.
      • 9 Years Ago
      wait should I stop licking my Mazda Protege?

      • 9 Years Ago
      No mention of Mazda. I assume this means they are less of a major auto manufacturer than Suzuki or Hino? Or perhaps they're on the eco-train too.