Pinto

TitlePinto
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHarris, CE, Pritchard, MS, Rabins, MJ
PublisherWadsworth
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsDissent , ENGINEERING , Product and Consumer Safety , product liability , professional responsibility , safety
AbstractThis case briefly describes the case of the Ford Pinto, whose gas tank had a tendency to be punctured and explode when it crashed. The case includes a copy of the memorandum attached to the study "Fatalities Associated with Crash Induced Fuel Leakages and Fires" that claimed that the costs of improving the design of the Pinto ($11 per vehicle) outweighed its social benefits.
NotesCase from Harris, Charles, Michael Pritchard and Michael Rabins. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. Available from the Wadsworth website.
URLhttp://wadsworth.com/philosophy_d/templates/student_resources/0534605796_harris/cases/Cases/case67.htm
Abbreviated Case NamePesticides
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