Toyota: Not So Fast, Guys [Ethical Dilemmas]

TitleToyota: Not So Fast, Guys [Ethical Dilemmas]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsStephan, KD
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0278-0097
Keywordsautomobile , Automotive , circle-the-wagons , ethics , legal , Toyota:
AbstractThe automotive industry has furnished the field of engineering ethics with more than one “paradigm” case that generations of budding engineers have studied. In the way Toyota tried to deal with the now-infamous problem of unintended acceleration in many of its models, they have given us an example of how not to deal with a safety problem. Technical issues are only one aspect of the way an initially small-scale issue snowballed into a major financial disaster that shut down sales and may have permanently blotted Toyota's reputation. While the whole story has yet to emerge, it looks now as though a circle-the-wagons mentality was at least as much to blame as poor engineering.