The Goodyear Company & Asbestos Exposure

Throughout the 20th century, Goodyear and its subsidiaries manufactured and sold a variety of asbestos-containing products. Unlike many other asbestos-related companies, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company did not seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and never set up an asbestos trust fund.

If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma after working with or near Goodyear asbestos products, you may be eligible for compensation from a Goodyear asbestos lawsuit.

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

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History of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company & Asbestos

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was incorporated in Akron, Ohio in 1898. Throughout the 20th century, Goodyear made and sold numerous asbestos-containing products, ranging from adhesives and floor tiles to gaskets and brakes.

In 1969, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. transferred its asbestos-containing gasket business (including all equipment) to the Goodyear Canada, Inc. after stopping production. Goodyear Canada continued to produce asbestos gaskets until 1973.

Similarly, in 1976, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. transferred its industrial and aircraft brake business to their subsidiary the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation. This subsidiary stayed in the asbestos-containing brake business until the mid-1980s.

Although Goodyear stopped making products that contained asbestos in the early 1980s, the damage had already been done.

Thousands of workers, consumers, military service members and their families had been exposed.

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Filing a Goodyear Asbestos Lawsuit

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 the general public about the dangers.

Thousands of families across the country have filed asbestos exposure lawsuits against Goodyear. Most mesothelioma lawsuits are resolved through settlements, though some cases do go to trial. Our mesothelioma lawyers have had success against Goodyear in the past.

If you worked at Goodyear or around their asbestos products and have since been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us today. You may be eligible for compensation from a Goodyear asbestos lawsuit.

Goodyear Company Asbestos Products

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company manufactured and sold a variety of asbestos products, including:

  • Asbestos burn shields (1962)
  • Asbestos-containing adhesive (1970-1981)
  • Brake linings (1930s-1984)
  • Caliper-style aircraft brakes with asbestos lining (1939-1974)
  • Cranite (1960-1969)
  • Durabla (1913-1969)
  • Engine mounts with asbestos components (1974-1978)
  • Floor tiles (1952-1978)
  • Furnace door hose (1959-1976)
  • Goodyearite asbestos gasket sheet packing (1914-1969)
  • Industrial brake linings (1948-1974)
  • Steam hose (1931-1970)

Additionally, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company purchased asbestos-containing brake linings from suppliers, which the company’s employees installed in various retail locations from the 1930s until the 1990s.

Asbestos Products by Goodyear Canada, Inc.

From 1969 to 1972, Goodyear Canada, Inc. made or sold the following asbestos-containing products:

  • Cranite (made by Goodyear Canada)
  • Durabla (made by Goodyear)
  • Goodyearite asbestos gasket sheet packing

Asbestos Products by Goodyear Aerospace Corporation

In 1974, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. consolidated its industrial and aircraft brake business in a subsidiary company known as the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation (GAC).
GAC made the following asbestos-containing products:

  • Caliper-style aircraft brakes with asbestos lining (1974-1984)
  • Industrial brake linings (1973-1984)

By 1984, Goodyear companies had stopped using asbestos in the last of their products. However, their asbestos-containing products may still be in use in some settings (like older structures or ships built before the company stopped using asbestos).

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Occupations at Risk of Asbestos Exposure by Goodyear

Because of its natural strength, electrical resistance and fireproof properties, asbestos was commonly used in a variety of building materials, products and parts. This put workers in a wide range of roles at risk of exposure to asbestos.

The following occupations may have been exposed to Goodyear’s asbestos products:

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

Securing Results for Clients from Goodyear in Court

Simmons Hanly Conroy has proven experience securing results for those exposed to asbestos-containing Goodyear products. Our team secured a $40.1 million jury verdict against Goodyear for our client Walter Twidwell.

During his 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Walter worked as a boiler tender and fireman. He conducted maintenance and repairs in the engine and fire rooms of seven vessels ported in New York, California and Washington.

While making these repairs, Walter was repeatedly exposed to asbestos dust released from Cranite and Durabla gaskets that were made by Goodyear. Decades later, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of this exposure.

“We are pleased the truth prevailed, and the jury determined Walter’s pleural mesothelioma was the result of his exposure to gaskets manufactured by Goodyear. While no amount of money will give Walter back his health, this result is fair compensation for the loss of his self-reliance and dignity.”
Shareholder Jim Kramer

The trial lasted three weeks, and the jury deliberated for less than two hours before awarding Walter with the $40.1 million mesothelioma verdict.

This result was the largest, pure compensatory verdict in the history of asbestos litigation in New York.

Get Help Holding Goodyear Company Accountable

If you worked with or around Goodyear asbestos products 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 compensation they deserve.

Over the last 20 years, our attorneys have recovered over $7 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. There’s no cost to contact us.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Asbestos Use FAQs

What can I do if I was exposed to Goodyear’s asbestos products?

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation from the Goodyear Company 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.

Can I file a Goodyear asbestos lawsuit?

Potentially, yes — if you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working at Goodyear or with asbestos-containing Goodyear products, you may be able to file a Goodyear asbestos lawsuit.

Call (800) 326-8900 or get a free legal consultation today to find out more about your eligibility and get started on the process.

How much does it cost to file a Goodyear asbestos lawsuit?

When you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy, there are no upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our mesothelioma attorneys. We only get paid if your case results in compensation.

When did Goodyear stop using asbestos?

By 1984, Goodyear had stopped using asbestos in their products. However, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. continued to purchase asbestos-containing brake linings from suppliers and installed them in Goodyear’s retail stores up until the 1990s.

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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.