Firestone and Ford Case Analysis Essay

1474 Words Nov 11th, 2008 6 Pages
I. Introduction: Tire Tread Separation Issue
II. Questions for Case analysis
a. What are the ethical and social issues in this case?
b. Who are the stakeholders and what are their stakes? How do legitimacy, power, and urgency factor in? Do these companies care about consumers? Discuss.
c. Conduct a CSR analysis of both Firestone and Ford. How do they measure up in fulfilling their various social responsibilities?
d. Who is at fault in the tire separation controversy? Bridgestone / Firestone? Ford Motor Company? The NHTSA?
III. Conclusion: Final thoughts

In early 2000, trends of accidents started to occur on Ford Explorers equipped with Firestone Tires. The tire treads on these SUV’s separated while
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They exercised their rights but jeopardized their consumer’s lives. These companies were completely aware of the numerous accidents that occurred because of these defects but failed to correct it promptly and waited for more people to be seriously injured or killed before they took action.
Power played a big factor in this case because it required the persistence of a victim’s family lawyer to expose the issues at hand. Without his perseverance, this case would have been swept under the rug and nothing would have been done. It requires the use of power to change and revise what is written in the law. This case certainly needed an addendum attached to not only do what is lawful but what is right. These companies need to balance power and responsibility. They had the power to withhold information that is detrimental to the public but had to be responsible for the criticism it received in regards to their product.
This case would have been resolved easier if the companies involved were proactive and dealt with the issue promptly. If they did not hesitate these companies could have avoided many lawsuits. Consumers could have avoided these accidents if they were aware that their vehicle had defects.

Conduct a CSR analysis of both Firestone and Ford. How do they measure up in fulfilling their various social

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