BorgWarner Inc.

From 1928 until 1989, BorgWarner Inc. (previously Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc. and Borg-Warner Corporation) manufactured and sold various automotive parts that contained asbestos. Exposure to these asbestos-containing products has put thousands of automotive workers at risk of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma after working with or around BorgWarner asbestos products, you may be eligible for compensation from a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Learn more about your options today by calling (800) 326-8900 or getting a free legal consultation.

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History of BorgWarner & Asbestos

In 1928, the automotive parts manufacturer Borg-Warner Corporation was formed from the merger of several companies — Borg & Beck, Marvel-Schebler, Warner Gear and Mechanics Universal Joint.

From their founding until 1989, BorgWarner manufactured clutch assemblies that contained asbestos. BorgWarner transmission parts were made with asbestos from the early 1950s until 1983, while the company also made asbestos brake pads from 1971 to 1975.

Though the company stopped making products that contained asbestos in 1989, the damage had already been done. Thousands of workers, consumers, military service members and their families had been exposed.

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Filing Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits Against BorgWarner

Exposure to asbestos can cause a range of serious health issues, including an aggressive cancer known as mesothelioma. Many manufacturers of asbestos-containing products knew about the risks of asbestos exposure — but they failed to warn their employees or provide protective gear.

Unlike many other asbestos companies, BorgWarner did not seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and never had to set up an asbestos trust fund to pay victims of exposure to the company’s asbestos products.

As a result, thousands of families across the country have sought justice by filing asbestos exposure lawsuits against BorgWarner.

If you worked with or around BorgWarner asbestos products and have since been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us today.

Our asbestos exposure lawyers may be able to help you pursue compensation from BorgWarner that can help pay for your treatment and provide financial security for your family.

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BorgWarner Asbestos Parts & Products

BorgWarner made asbestos-containing products for original equipment manufacturers. The company also produced new and remanufactured clutches for the aftermarket (the market for spare parts for motor vehicles).

BorgWarner parts that contained asbestos include:

  • Automatic transmission components like clutch plates and transmission bands (early 1950s-1983)
  • Clutch assemblies (1928-1989)
  • Disc brake pads (1971-1975)

In 1989, BorgWarner stopped using asbestos in the last of their automotive products, though these parts may still be in use in older vehicles.

Occupations at Risk of Asbestos Exposure by BorgWarner

Because of its ability to withstand the high temperatures associated with stopping moving parts, asbestos was often viewed as an ideal material for friction products like brakes and clutches.

However, anyone that regularly worked with BorgWarner asbestos products was put at risk of asbestos-related diseases.

The following occupations may be at risk of exposure to BorgWarner asbestos products:

  • Auto mechanics
  • Brake mechanics
  • Clutch and brake reliners
  • Factory workers
  • Laborers
  • Military veterans
  • Parts handlers
  • Repair shop employees
  • Service technicians
  • Service managers
  • Truck drivers
  • Warehouse workers

Unfortunately, workers in these positions may have also unknowingly brought asbestos fibers home with them, exposing their loved ones as well.

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Get Help Holding BorgWarner Accountable

If you worked with or around BorgWarner asbestos-containing automotive parts and were later diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma, you may be able to hold the company accountable and pursue compensation for your illness.

As a leading national mesothelioma law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped thousands of families affected by asbestos exposure across the country get the justice and compensation they deserve. Over the last 20 years, our attorneys have recovered over $8.5 billion on behalf of clients with mesothelioma.

Get a free legal consultation or call (800) 326-8900 today to learn more about your legal options and how we can help.

BorgWarner Asbestos Use FAQs

When did BorgWarner stop using asbestos?

From 1928 until 1989, BorgWarner manufactured and sold automotive parts that contained asbestos. Although the company has not used asbestos since that time, many older vehicles may still contain BorgWarner asbestos products to this day.

What can I do if I was exposed to BorgWarner asbestos products?

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to BorgWarner asbestos products, you may be eligible for compensation from BorgWarner and any other asbestos companies responsible for your illness.

During a free legal consultation, a member of our team can listen to the details of your case and let you know what your legal options are. Contact us today to get started.

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Legal Reviewer Nick AngelidesReviewed by:Nicholas J. Angelides

Shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy

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Attorney Nick Angelides is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. He joined the firm in 2003, and currently helps direct the legal strategy for all of the firm’s asbestos and mesothelioma cases. Nick has nearly 15 years of litigation experience and has handled asbestos cases throughout the country, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases.