Ford pinto exploding. 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. During the 1970s there were many documented cases of ford pintos bursting into flames as a result of rear end collisions. The 1971 ford pinto was rushed into production to fight imported sub compact cars.
In the 1960s and 1970s the typical car took 43 months to design and build. 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. The thing is that it didnt actually suck.
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. Remarkably the affair of the exploding ford pinto universally hailed as the acme of product liability success is starting to look like hype. The smallest american ford vehicle since 1907 the pinto was the first subcompact vehicle produced by ford in north america.
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 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 pinto was a subcompact car manufactured by the ford motor company for the model years 19711980.
The pinto had just 25. This feature is not available right now. More specifically it was fords decision to use the costbenefit analysis detailed in section 11 to make production decisions that translated into lost lives.
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.