Ford pinto exploding. The ford pinto was born a low rent stumpy thing in dearborn 40 years ago and grew to become one of the most infamous cars in history. The smallest american ford vehicle since 1907 the pinto was the first subcompact vehicle produced by ford in north america. In a summer 1991 rutgers law review article gary schwartz demolishes the myth of the pinto case actual deaths in pinto fires have come in at a known 27 not the expected thousand or more.
Please try again later. The main controversy surrounding the ford pinto case was the ford motor companys choices made during development to compromise safety for efficiency and profit maximization. The ford pinto scandal is now part of the lore of american culture.
The pinto is at the end of one of autodoms most notorious paper trails the ford pinto memo which ruthlessly calculates the cost of reinforcing the rear end 121 million versus the. One of the biggest continuing automotive news stories in the latter part of the seventies dealt with tales of exploding ford pintos and the considerable awards civil court juries were presenting to victims of accidents involving the cars. Ford neglected to add reinforcements to protect the easily ruptured fuel tank endangering drivers while earning the pinto a reputation for catching fire that persists today.
More specifically it was fords decision to use the costbenefit analysis detailed in section 11 to make production decisions that translated into lost lives. During the 1970s there were many documented cases of ford pintos bursting into flames as a result of rear end collisions. The pinto was a subcompact car manufactured by the ford motor company for the model years 19711980.
The ford pinto is a subcompact car that was manufactured and marketed by ford motor company in north america sold from the 1971 to the 1980 model years. The thing is that it didnt actually suck. This feature is not available right now.
Was the pinto fire controversy a lot of hype or had ford.