Ford has come under fire from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations regarding asbestos exposure in a company metal stamping plant in Buffalo, NY. OSHA has cited Ford for eight violations in total, according to an Automotive News report, and faces fines of up to $41,800. 537 workers are employed at the stamping facility.
China's product safety reputation took another hit today, as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced a recall of 23,000 Chinese vehicles made by Great Wall and Chery. The vehicles have engine and exhaust gaskets that contain asbestos, a known carcinogen that is prohibited in Australia. Both manufacturers have been directed to stop selling the affected vehicles, and owners have been warned not to perform any do-it-yourself repairs that involve the problem gaskets.
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.