Ford Pinto Case Conclusion

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The Pinto One the controversial news that came out about the Ford Pintos in 1972 was the explosions that would occur involving a low-speed rear-end collision. Also, Accident investigations discovered that victims of the rear end collisions had few trauma injuries because of the impacts, but had burned to death when the vehicles burst into fire. Additionally, after the accidents due to the doors becoming jammed shut. A few people had gotten trapped inside their cars and were unable to escape burning to death. Ford knew about the fire hazard but made their decision in favor of profits over the lives of others.
MARK DOWIE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1977 ISSUE. Of Mother, Jones Magazine writes based on internal documents that Mother Jones Magazine has
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And reports came out from Detroit Free Press, and Mother Jones were published that Ford knew about the defects since 1972 but decided not to pay .03 per car to fix the issue. However, agreed to pay out 20 million to sufferers and their relatives.
The NHTSA findings showed that the defects caused 777 accidents, 23 people died as a result of the errors and 259 were injured. Moreover, to avoid a possible 23-million auto recall from the NHTSA - the company reached out to the Reagan administration and made a concession. Instead, they had to mail out 23 million stickers telling Ford owners to "put it on their dashboards reminding them to make sure the gear was fully in park," and the parking brake fully activated before turning off the vehicle. The deal made saved Ford from having to go into bankruptcy.
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market were tricked by marketing their vehicles as a low emission producing cars that were good for the environment. The cars were fitted with an emission defeat device that would fool the emission test changing the performance to show the improved emission results. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discover that an electronic defeat device was in place to fool the emission test into showing a false reading during emission test which should the vehicles were producing little pollution.
However, the exact results were “the engines emitted nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times above what is allowed in the US.” Since then VW had to recall millions of cars worldwide and had to put aside billions of dollars to cover the loss. Plus, the EPA could fine the company up to 37,500 for each vehicle that breached the pollution standard. More about this article could be found at

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