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Car Parts Still Use Asbestos


Car Parts Still Use Asbestos
All major Japanese automakers except Honda Motor Co. used components containing asbestos to build 1.64 million cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles between 1996 and last month, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Tuesday.
But there is no risk of the carcinogenic material entering the air and harming humans, because the asbestos was kneaded into resin or sealed for use in gaskets, packing and resin materials in the motor vehicles, which also included buses, fire engines and tractors, it said.

The companies are Toyota Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., Isuzu Motors Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Nissan Diesel Motor Ltd., Hino Motors Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp. and Yamaha Motor Co.

Suzuki Motor made 1.01 million vehicles with parts containing asbestos, the largest among the nine, while Toyota had 27,000 vehicles.

None of the nine companies plans to recall the parts, the association said.


Support package nod
The government endorsed a financial support package Tuesday for people made ill by asbestos and family members of people who have died from such diseases.
Under the terms of the package, 3 million yen would be paid as condolence money and funeral fees to those who have lost relatives to asbestos-linked diseases who were not covered by existing industrial accident insurance schemes.

Patients would receive medical expenses as well as 100,000 yen in monthly recuperation money, government officials said.

The government plans to submit a bill to the Diet in January to make a new law to implement the package. The bill is also aimed at compensating workers who missed the deadline for claiming workers' compensation.

The money would be disbursed within six months of the promulgation of the new law.

The government plans to have companies that used asbestos shoulder part of the compensation burden, and the bill will stipulate that money start being collected from the firms in April 2007.

Source: The Japan Times


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All major Japanese automakers except Honda Motor Co. used components containing asbestos to build 1.64 million cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles between 1996 and last month, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Tuesday. But there is no risk of the carcinogenic material entering the air and harming humans, because the asbestos was kneaded into resin or sealed for use in gaskets, packing and resin materials in the motor vehicles, which also included buses, fire engines and tractors, it said.

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