Products Manufactured by Advance Auto Parts, Inc. that Contained Asbestos
Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral composed of strong, flexible fibers, was widely used in many industrial products due to its durability and resistance to heat. Once the health risks became evident and asbestos became recognized as a known carcinogen, its use was banned in most products by the late 1970s.
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and some of its subsidiaries have been named as defendants in lawsuits alleging injury as a result of exposure to asbestos-containing products sold by the company (and its subsidiaries). Automotive products sold by Advance Auto Parts, Inc. that may have contained asbestos include (but may not be limited to):
- Brake and clutch parts
- Roofing materials
Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure from Advance Auto Parts Products
Exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other respiratory diseases. Individuals at risk for occupational exposure to asbestos with regard to products sold by Advance Auto Parts, Inc. include:
Auto Mechanics: These individuals often experienced prolonged exposure to harmful asbestos dust and fibers in their occupation. Due to the natural ability of asbestos to resist heat, it was often used in automotive parts, including: brake linings, disc brake pads, drum brake linings, brake blocks, and clutch facings, among other products. Brake and clutch replacement/maintenance, a common job for auto mechanics, usually required the grinding down of asbestos parts which resulted in the release of airborne dust and fibers.
Retail Store Employees/Distributors: Those employed by Advance Auto Parts, Inc. in the sale and/or distribution of asbestos products may be at an increased risk for the development of asbestos-related diseases. Daily contact with asbestos products and the potential release of harmful asbestos fibers place these occupations in an at-risk group for asbestos exposure.
Car Owners: Car owners who may have purchased brake and clutch parts from Advance Auto Parts, Inc. to perform their own auto maintenance/repairs may also be at risk for asbestos exposure.
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. reported $5.93 billion in total sales for the 52 week period ending January 1, 2011 – reflecting an increase from $5.41 billion for the 52 week period ending January 2, 2010. The company attributed the sales increase to the addition of 143 new stores over the course of 2010. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. outlook for 2011 includes the opening of 120-140 new stores with an anticipated low to mid single-digit increase in comparable store sales.