In late 2007, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) found that asbestos-tainted toys had reached the shelves of thousands of toy stores across the country.
While production of the toy has ceased, an article from The New York Times in April 2008 elaborated on the nearly forgotten incident. The ADAO has filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against CBS Corporation; Planet Toys Inc. Families affected by the contaminated toy should also consider developing litigation for the exposure of "substantial quantities of tremolite asbestos."
ADAO is an organization that utilizes volunteers, several of whom have either been affected directly by asbestos-related illnesses or have watched friends and family suffer from the diseases, including mesothelioma. The ADAO acts as an asbestos watchdog although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actually regulates legalities of asbestos violations.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is considered a human carcinogen by the federal Department of Health and Human Services and is a "naturally occurring, fibrous silicate mineral," according to the EPA. Asbestos becomes deadly when microscopic fiber bundles bind and become airborne. When inhaled, the results can be deadly and severely damage an individual's body through the development of mesothelioma cancer. You may head to www.talcumpowdercancerlawsuit.com/ if you want to know more about talcum powder cancer and its associated lawsuits.
Asbestos that was mined was used in an array of industries, according to the EPA:
a) Thermal/acoustic insulator used for fire proofing.
b) Roofing and siding shingles made with asbestos cement.
c) Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints.
d) Artificial ashes and embers for gas-fired fireplaces.
e) Stove-top pads.