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Mesothelioma Clinic

 

Asbestos used in the

Cadillac?

Shame on

General Motors Corp

 

 

 

 

Before I begin, some of you are going to ask why I own a custom Cadillac company. I do what I do in the honor of those special fathers, mothers, and Grandfathers who built these beautiful cars for a purpose, with an idea of the American dream, all the while they were being lead to their deaths by very evil people with hearts full of greed.

This is my way of keeping their dreams alive and not allowing what happened to them be swept under the rug as if it never happened, to expose any undisclosed use of the deadly materials.

I am angry for my Grandparents and I want all of you to know when you drive a Cadillac that the builders of these cars were not the manufacturer behind the desk; they were our hard working parents.

 

As you are aware, Carroll Cadillac is a Cadillac Restoration Company. During restoration of these old beauties, we have discovered multiple applications in which General Motors used

this deadly material. It is our goal to help get this knowledge out to those who are unaware of the dangers GM has kept secret concerning the use of asbestos in their manufacturing process.

 

When we first began the discovery of undisclosed use of "asbestos fibers" in the Cadillac we diligently tried to contact GM to no avail. After countless hours researching it online and speaking with many people around the world, we quickly realized there is no information out there incriminating GM for undisclosed uses of this product.

 

We are going to show you its use and we hope this information brings fresh new knowledge to this serious problem that GM has exposed us to!

 

I have personally been exposed to this Friable "asbestos fibers" while restoring these Cadillacs, and I am personally demanding an apology from GM. I encourage anyone who believes they have been exposed to "asbestos fibers" used by GM to Contact us directly, 940-395-9839.

 

This page is dedicated to this issue.

 

This is a photograph of "asbestos fibers" I accidentally discovered when climbing under this 49' Cadillac Limo, I was preparing to remove the engine with my Grandson, and as I slid under the car I reached up and grabbed on to this deadly material. The chunk you see missing was in the palm of my hand OMG!

The friable dust particles engulfed the area around me and the particles fell into my mouth because I was laying under the car. I was choked from breathing it in!

 

This is an undisclosed use of this material by GM. I have hired council and I am angry, this company has destroyed so many lives and now mine?

 

I suggest anyone who is considering restoration of any pre 1977 automobiles to carefully find out if it in fact has any "asbestos fibers", and go beyond that and look for yourselves, because there is undisclosed uses that we are unaware of.

 

 

 

 

EXPOSING ASBESTOS!

 

JUST THE FACTS:

How Corporations Knew the Dangers of Asbestos - And Put Thousands of Americans at Risk Deliberately.

 

For more than a century, American Asbestos workers have been suffering and dying needlessly. It's a tragedy in its own right. But that tragedy grows all the more sinister in light of one simple, indisputable fact: Companies and their insurers knew of the hazards of Asbestos.

And for decades, they've chosen to conceal this information from those workers and their families.

 

Fortunately, there is now greater awareness of the health crisis arising from Asbestos use and exposure.

Unfortunately, these big Corporations knew about these health issues throughout the entire time of its use.

Many courts now are finding Asbestos companies guilty of both exposing their employees  to this harmful - often deadly substance, and doing so with complete knowledge of its effects. This legal attention means that you have the opportunity to do what thousands of other workers couldn't: Take a stand against the corporations that have knowingly wronged you and your family.

 

ACROSS THE BOARD

An estimated ten thousand Americans die each year from diseases caused by Asbestos - that's 30 deaths per day.

This is equal to genocide!

 

Americans, workers and their families weren't mislead by just one company, or even one industry. The list of offenders serves as a who's who of major corporations: Exxon, Dow,(Union Carbide) DuPont, Bendix, (Now Honeywell) The travelers, Metropolitan Life, Dresser Industries, (Now Halliburton) National Gypsum, Owens Corning, General Electric, Johns Manville, W.R. Grace, the Ford Motor Company and yours truly General Motor Corporation!

 

From the Beginning

For more than a century, physicians have been aware of diseases caused by Asbestos exposure. In the early 1900's, a doctor performed an autopsy on a young Asbestos laborer who had died in 1899', later offering his testimony on the death in connection with an industrial disease compensation hearing. His conclusions: the inhalation of Asbestos fibers contributed to the worker's death, and possibly caused it outright.

 

In 1927', the U.S. saw its first documented claims for worker's compensation as a result of Asbestos disease. Three years later, one of the country's leading Asbestos producing companies, Johns-Manville, produced a report about the potentially fatal hazards of Asbestos exposure. The document was intended never to reach the public. By 1933', Metropolitan Life doctors determined that some 29% of workers in a Johns-Manville plant were victims of Asbestos. Only one year later, Aetna insurance company observed that Asbestos was "incurable and usually results in total permanent disability followed by death!

 

Continued Awareness

in the early 1940's, Lewis H. Brown, then president of  Johns-Manville, criticized the leaders of another Asbestos company as "a bunch of fools for notifying employees who had Asbestosis." When a fellow manager demanded, "Do you mean to tell me you would let them work until they dropped dead?," Brown reportedly replied, "Yes. We save a lot of money that way."

 

Throughout the next several decades, corporations proved fully aware of the harmful, and potentially fatal, effects of working with Asbestos, but continued to expose millions of workers without offering any health protections. there have been numerous internal documents, as well as anecdotal accounts, that indicate an industry-wide knowledge of Asbestos-related diseases. One in particular, written by a physician hired by Philip Carey Manufacturing in 1964', insisted that "There is an irrefutable association between Asbestos and Cancer ... There should be no delusion that the problem will disappear, or that the consumer or working population will not become aware of the problem and the compensation and legal liability involved." The doctor was quickly fired after the release of his report.

 

Settling the Score

Because Asbestos diseases can take decades to manifest after initial exposure, companies continued to allow their employees to work around the substance, even though they were aware that the workers' continued exposure could prove fatal. Often, those employees have continued to work without any awareness of the danger to which they were exposed on a daily basis.

 

The efforts of the corporations to conceal this information from employees and from the public at large constituted a large-scale cover-up scheme, designed to prevent compensation payouts. Companies chose to continue using Asbestos despite the known toxicity rather than incur extra cost from changing procedures. In short, these companies recklessly disregarded their employees' safety. It's time for them to accept the consequences for their irresponsible and immoral practices. Forcing them to compensate their victims will help them learn that they can no longer save money by turning a blind eye to important safety warnings and information.

 

The deadly spread of Mesothelioma and other Asbestos-Related diseases can be directly attributed to the manufacturers and insurance companies that kept information from their employees and their families. It is these manufacturers and insurance companies that should be held accountable and should have to pay compensation to all workers who were victimized.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Here we have a 1949' Cadillac Limo,
 
In this car we discovered Friable Asbestos used as a heat shield around the exhaust about 14" in length in two parts held on by two clamps. This material was in fact friable and falling off in dusty particles, I was already engulfed within the floating particles before I realized what it could be.

I called Safety Clean out with their Haz Mat Team and they in fact tested it to be just that Friable Deadly Asbestos.
 
I explained that I had searched diligently for any information that could explain GM's use of this--to no avail. Later, they told me they too were unable to find anything. They suggested I contact GM in which I tried to; again, to no avail. So I am taking the responsible move to expose this deadly cover up by General Motors, and I am demanding answers! 
 
I cannot believe after a lifetime of being safe, doing the right thing, that I have breathed in Asbestos due to GM using it in their automobiles.
 
Take notice in the article to the right; there is no information in heat shielding other than the phrase: "other products." What other products?

Excuse me, this is my life!
Now I will live in constant fear of what is to come?
 
One of the very first cases discovered in the death of a young man in the industry was back in 1899; are you kidding me!
 
I am going to add some articles that will make you sick about these automobile manufacturers and their blatant disregard for any human life and their greed for money.
 
Some of you are going to ask why I would continue to restore Cadillacs that were manufactured by such horrific greedy people who could care less about either the automobile itself or the men and women who gave their innocent lives to build them. I will tell you this, it is not because of the scum who made billions upon billions of dollars, but rather, because of the innocent lives that were wrongfully taken in their manufacture.

I restore these cars in their honor. These innocent people put the love they had for America into these cars with their blood, sweat, tears, and ultimately, their lives. And my friend, giving their lives in defeat to the disease caused by Asbestos was in fact a painful nightmare no one should ever have had to experience.
 
Thanks GM, much appreciated!
 
 

General Motors

  • Founded: 1908
  • Years Operated: 1908 - Present
  • Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan
  • Business: Automobile and parts manufacturer, consumer lending
  • Asbestos Trust: Yes
  • Bankruptcy Status: Filed in 2009 and emerged in 2009

Trust Fund Information

Amount in Trust: $625 million

Year Created: 2012

History

Durant bought Buick Motors in 1904 and soon desired a business model that combined several automakers under one parent company. He later purchased more than 20 companies, including Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac and Chevrolet - establishing General Motors (GM) in 1908. Company headquarters were in Flint, Michigan , and the company was set up to compete and beat rival Ford Motor Co.

As cars cars became mainstream products, GM flourished and expanded its business portfolio by acquiring automobile parts manufacturers such as Hyatt Roller Bearing. The company also bought business in other industries like Frigidaire. Another appliance subsidiary bought by GM was Delco Appliance Corporation. Delco produced boilers and conditionairs. The company's product line from the 1930s includes the Delco-Heat Harmonized Boiler which featured air-cell asbestos insulation.

As part of its war effort during World War II, GM produced tanks, naval ships, weapons and fighting planes. Following the war in the 1950s, GM resumed automobile production and concentrated on innovation, such as developing an automatic gearbox. It also pioneered automobile designs like independent front-wheel suspension, a one piece steel roof and power steering.

GM prospered in post-war America in the 1950s and demand for automobiles rose as the average family became a two car household. In the 1960s, GM diversified its business and included divisions and subsidiaries in insurance, locomotives, electronics, and banking and financing. The company's sales were up and its return on investment went from 16.5 percent to 25.8 percent. However, the company's business model was not prepared to meet a shift in market demand.

Beginning in the 1970s, GM began to struggle with competition from Japanese automakers and internal problems. Consumers started buying smaller gas efficient cars, and GMs large "gas-guzzlers" lost 35 percent in sales. The company had also largely ignored air pollution control which cost the company $2.24 billion to meet state and federal pollution regulations. By 1977 the number rose to nearly $5 billion.

In an attempt to reinvigorate its sales, GM spent $60 billion to redesign many of its models in the 1980s. However, its shares continued to decline. From 1990 to 1992 the company lost almost $60 billion. Rising employee healthcare costs and a pension fund that had ballooned to $76 billion combined with a dismal yearly profit set GM steadily on the road to financial difficulty.

To add to the company's financial troubles, because it produced and bought parts containing asbestos from third-party companies like BorgWarner, GM was named in thousands of asbestos injury lawsuits. The company was forced to file bankruptcy in 2009, and after a government bailout, the company emerged from bankruptcy the same year.

Litigation & Special Lawsuits

The majority of asbestos-related lawsuits filed against GM stemmed from of asbestos-containing brake linings and clutch facings. In one claim, auto mechanic Roland Leo Grenier alleged that asbestos from brake linings and clutch facings manufactured by GM and Ford Motors caused him to develop mesothelioma. Grenier, who was a mechanic for 36 years, said he was exposed to chrysotile asbestos while grinding, repairing and removing friction products such as brakes and clutches. He was diagnosed with diffuse malignant mesothelioma in 2005.

At the trial, expert witness Dr. Richard A. Lemen testified that according to his study of more than 165 cases, friction products containing asbestos can cause mesothelioma. Based on the evidence presented at the trial, the jury awarded $2 million be paid, to the plaintiff, by both GM and Ford Motor Company. General Motors was found to be 70 percent liable for the plaintiff's damages. During the appeal, the defendants alleged that Grenier made $2 million "just for appearing at court" despite the fact that he was virtually paralyzed on one side of his body, was in constant pain and could barely breathe.

Grenier is only one of thousands of individuals who suffered an asbestos-related illness as a result of General Motors Products. By 2009, the company was liable for an estimated $636 million in asbestos claims. The lawsuits pushed the already struggling automaker to file bankruptcy in 2009.

In another case, warehouse worker Mark Buttitta was exposed to asbestos while working at a GM warehouse when he handled brakes and clutches. Prior to working at the warehouse, his father worked at another GM warehouse and brought home asbestos on his clothing. Buttitta was diagnosed with mesothelioma from primary and secondary asbestos exposure, and a jury awarded his family more than $30 million in damages.

Following the bankruptcy reorganization in 2009, debt incurred by "old GM" was transferred to Motors Liquidation Company. This included all asbestos liability claims. The Motors Liquidation Company Asbestos PI Trust officially opened on April 30, 2012 to settle any present and future asbestos lawsuits.

Industries & Occupations

GM factories that produced products using asbestos-containing parts and materials contained high levels of asbestos dust. In addition to auto mechanics and warehouse employees, brake and clutch assemblers and boiler workers were among the occupations that were endangered by asbestos because of GM.

GM's asbestos-containing products also put auto parts sales people and consumers at risk for asbestos exposure. The parts were readily available at do-it-yourself auto parts stores and were handled by both employees and customers. Because GM subsidiaries like Frigidaire and Delco manufactured appliances that used asbestos to insulate boilers and ovens, appliance repairers and installers were also exposed.

Individuals in a range of occupations faced exposure from GM, including:

Products

From the 1930s through the 1980s, General Motors utilized asbestos as a friction material in brakes, brake linings and clutch linings. Apart from the brake components that it made, General Motors also utilized asbestos in other parts that it purchased or manufactured, including adhesives, gaskets and electrical parts. When the company diversified in the 1930s, it added appliances to its line of products including Delco-Heat boilers lined with asbestos. The asbestos-containing products manufactured or sold by General Motors included:

  • Adhesives
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Brake Linings
  • Brake Shoes for Locomotive
  • Clutch Linings
  • Delco-Heat Brand Boilers and Appliances
  • Disc Brakes
  • Drum Brakes
  • Engines
  • Frigidaire Brand Appliances
  • Gaskets
  • Manual Transmission