Two of China’s biggest car exporters have recalled 23,000 of their vehicles after authorities found asbestos in some vehicles, according to an article published yesterday in the Detroit Free Press.
Chinese automakers stock shares were lower in Hong Kong because of the discovery of asbestos in Chinese cars and the fiber’s links to cancer and respiratory illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
An asbestos part mistake was blamed for the recall. When the company became aware of the issue about a month ago they stopped using the parts containing asbestos, according to the Detroit Free Press article.
Most of the vehicles were sold in Australia in 2010 and 2011, according to the Australia’s Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
The discovery was “an absolute disgrace,” according to Barry Robson, president of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia. There is a complete ban on asbestos products here in Australia. They’ve got to remove those cars off the road. Not every brake mechanic or car mechanic will know about this.”
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