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Turin investigating asbestos found in cars from China

Cancer-causing agent possibly in exhaust gaskets

12 February, 14:54
Turin investigating asbestos found in cars from China (ANSA) - Turin, February 12 - The Turin prosecutor's office has opened an inquiry into cars imported from China with parts containing asbestos. The investigation, which is currently in a preliminary phase, focuses on some models produced by the largest carmaker in China, Great Wall Motors. The automaker was one of two Chinese companies forced to recall 23,000 of their vehicles sold in Australia in mid-2012 after authorities found the potentially cancer-causing material in some models. The asbestos may be in the exhaust gaskets.

The judge will assess whether there are grounds to move forward with legal proceedings for violation of the 1992 law prohibiting the import of products containing asbestos.