Asbestos imports again

Asbestos imports again

In September this year, we learned that asbestos had been found in children's crayons branded with Frozen and Mickey Mouse characters. The ACCC also confirmed that asbestos was found in some childrens' art crayons and Peppa Pig branded crayons. Despite asbestos being banned in Australia during 2003, this is not the first time asbestos imports have been allowed into Australia. In 2012 Great Wall cars that were imported from China contained up to 29 asbestos gaskets; toy CSI investigation kits were found to contain asbestos in the finger-printing powder; and, announced earlier this month, Toyota Australia launched legal action in the Federal Court against distributors of counterfeit brakes pads containing asbestos. According to news reports, thousands of bogus brake pads that suit HiLux utes and Hiace vans sold from 2004 to 2015 have been imported into Australia. We understand that no recall can be issued because no manufacturer has put their name or brand on the products - the parts are sold online in what appears to be Toyota packaging for a quarter of the price of genuine brake pads. Adviceline Injury Lawyers have acted for many sufferers of asbestos related diseases who were exposed through replacing brake pads and brake lines manufactured by companies like James Hardie and Bendix. It was thought that type of risk was a thing of the past but this recent news is of great concern. Bree Knoester acts in asbestos disease cases on a no-win, no fee basis.

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