A Missouri court jury heard opening statements for a lawsuit from a former mechanic, Bill Trokey, exposed to asbestos from Ford Motor Company’s auto parts from 1960 to 1968. Mr. Trokey was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2020.
Mr. Trokey stated on the witness stand that he worked at two auto repair stations doing brake installations, tune-ups, and clutch work using Ford parts.
Ford did not provide any warnings about asbestos on their products despite knowing the risks.
After two weeks, the jury returned a $20 million verdict in favor of the mechanic.
For years, Ford has been named in thousands of lawsuits relating to asbestos in their car parts. The company is known to have used asbestos in several car parts including brakes, clutches, and gaskets since 1903.