Today, most people know that asbestos was used in various insulation and construction materials up until the early 1980s. What is less widely known is that asbestos was also used in approximately 5,000 different household appliances between the 1940s and 1970s. In fact, a 1950s era kitchen may have contained multiple appliances made with asbestos. Moreover, various other household appliances were made with asbestos as well. These appliances include:

  • trivets
  • stove mats
  • coffee pots
  • pot holders
  • toasters
  • crock pots
  • slow cookers
  • irons

During the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, asbestos oven mats and cooking mats were made with corrugated asbestos paper and laminated with textured foil or tin. Often, oven mitts were woven with asbestos for greater protection from heat. In addition, toasters, toaster ovens, irons, and crock pots, all used asbestos for heat insulation and electrical insulation around the cord. In crock pots and slow cookers, asbestos may have been used as a layer between the inner and outer pot to prevent heat loss. In addition, asbestos was used to keep the outside of the crock pot cool enough to prevent burns.

Hair Dryers & Asbestos

In addition to the appliances above, asbestos was contained in most handheld hair dryers until the 1980s. Because these hair dryers blow asbestos directly into the user’s face, they are extremely dangerous.  One commercial hair dryer that contained asbestos, which was called the “Rocket Blower”?, was used in hair salons throughout the U.S. until it was recalled in 1979. In addition, many well-known companies produced hair dryers containing asbestos and sold them in stores. Manufacturers producing hair dryers containing asbestos included companies such as:

  • Clairol
  • Conair Corp
  • General Electric Co
  • Gillette Co.
  • Montgomery Ward
  • Norelco
  • J.C. Penney Co.
  • Hamilton-Beach
  • Korvettes, Inc.
  • Sears, Roebuck & Co.
  • Sunbeam
  • Schick, Inc.

It may seem unlikely that anyone would become ill from asbestos found in small appliances. However, according to existing asbestos litigation, there are incidences where small appliances have caused people to develop serious asbestos-related illnesses. For example, one appliance repair person developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos from appliances at work. In addition, workers in household appliance factories that make crock pots, irons, hair dryers, and other appliances containing asbestos have developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases.

If you worked for a manufacturer that assembled crock pots, irons, hair dryers and other household appliances that contained asbestos, and you developed mesothelioma, or another serious illness, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by