Radials, Rollovers and Responsibility: An Examination of the Ford-Firestone Case

TitleRadials, Rollovers and Responsibility: An Examination of the Ford-Firestone Case
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsNoggle, R, Palmer, DE
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume56
Issue2
Pagination185-203
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number01674544
Accession Number16815390
Keywordsassembler , business , component , Corporations , EMPLOYERS' , Firestone , Ford , INDUSTRIAL , MANUFACTURES , Moral , part , partmaker , product , products , RESPONSIBILITY , SOCIAL , sport-utility , TIRE , tires
AbstractIn 2000, Firestone initiated one of the largest tire recalls in U.S. history, and many of these tires had been installed as original factory equipment of Ford Explorers. While Firestone’s role in the case has been widely acknowledged, Ford executives have managed to deflect much of the negative attention away from their company. This paper discusses to what extent Ford can be held morally responsible, and more broadly how evolutions in technology and business relationships can affect issues of moral responsibility in business contexts.
NotesNoggle, Robert 1; Email Address: R.Noggle@cmich.edu; Palmer, Daniel E. 2; Email Address: dpalmerl@kent.edu; Affiliations: 1: Central Michigan University.; 2: Kent State University-Trumbull Campus.; Issue Info: Jan2005 Part 2, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p185; Thesaurus Term: INDUSTRIAL accidents; Thesaurus Term: INDUSTRIAL equipment; Thesaurus Term: TIRE industry; Thesaurus Term: EMPLOYERS' liability; Thesaurus Term: BUSINESS ethics; Thesaurus Term: PRODUCT recall; Thesaurus Term: MANUFACTURES -- Defects; Thesaurus Term: SOCIAL responsibility of business; Thesaurus Term: PRODUCTS liability; Thesaurus Term: CORPORATIONS; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Author-Supplied Keyword: assembler; Author-Supplied Keyword: component; Author-Supplied Keyword: Firestone; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ford; Author-Supplied Keyword: part; Author-Supplied Keyword: partmaker; Author-Supplied Keyword: product safety; Author-Supplied Keyword: products liability; Author-Supplied Keyword: responsibility; Author-Supplied Keyword: sport-utility vehicles; Author-Supplied Keyword: tires ; Company/Entity: FIRESTONE Tire & Rubber Co. DUNS Number: 062825695 ; Company/Entity: FORD Motor Co. DUNS Number: 001344746 Ticker: F; NAICS/Industry Codes: 423840 Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 326211 Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading); NAICS/Industry Codes: 326212 Tire Retreading; NAICS/Industry Codes: 423130 Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 441320 Tire Dealers; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s10551-004-1757-5
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