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 smallest american ford vehicle since 1907, the pinto was the first subcompact vehicle produced by ford in north america the pinto was also the first mass-produced american car sold with rack and pinion steering. Finally, in september 1978, ford issued a recall for 15 million 1971-76 pinto sedans and runabouts, plus all similar 1975-76 mercury bobcats, for a safety repair each car received a new fuel-tank filler neck that extended deeper into the tank and was more resistant to breaking off in a rear-end collision. The ford pinto - a name that became synonymous for a rather bland appearance but even beyond the aesthetic problem, it became legendary for the bigger issue of sometimes exploding with a rear. Case 22 the ford pinto discussion questions 1 although the pinto passed the nhtsa test, ford officials knew that the pinto was prone to catch fire when struck from the rear, even in low-speed collisions, thus it was unsafe to drive the car without any technical improvements implemented.
The ford pinto engine was the unofficial but generic nickname for a four-cylinder internal combustion engine built by ford europe in ford sales literature, it was referred to as the eao or ohc engine and because it was designed to the metric system, it was sometimes called the metric engine . Ford knows the pinto is a firetrap, yet it has paid out millions to settle damage suits out of court, and it is prepared to spend millions more lobbying against safety standards. On june 9, 1978, ford agreed to recall 15 million ford pinto and 30,000 mercury bobcat sedan and hatchback models iacocca was fired the following month it was too late to save ford's reputation. The ford pinto case: a study in applied ethics, business, and technology (suny series, case studies in applied ethics, technology, and society) oct 25, 1994 by douglas birsch and john fielder.
The ford pinto was an american subcompact car produced from 1971 to 1980 it was developed as ford's entry into the small car marketplace pressures from foreign competition and the looming rise in gas prices incentivized ford's upper management to cut the pinto's delivery time in half. The pinto automobile was marketed by ford from 1971 to 1980 to try to feed the new american appetite for smaller cars with its dinkster four-cylinder engine, the pinto was battling the volkswagon beetle and the toyota corolla for the hearts and minds of those who wanted sewing-machine engines under. 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 the automaker's. 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 thing is that it didn't actually suck. Grimshaw v ford motor company, 1981 the pinto, a subcompact car made by ford motor company, became infamous in the 1970s for bursting into flames if its gas tank was ruptured in a collision.
1971 ford pinto runabout 1971 ford pinto runabout model in excellent condition everybody loves this car and pictures do not really do it justice it is a 1971 ford pinto runabout that has been f. The ford pinto was the pinto an embarrassment for ford let the muscle, ryan and other discovery talent tell you why you should stay miles and miles away from the wacky pinto and its explosive rear end. The ford pinto, a compact car produced during the 1970s, became notorious for its tendency in rear-end collisions to leak fuel and explode into flames more than two dozen people were killed or.
The ford pinto essay the ford pinto: an ethical mishap ls501 - smith unit 2 assignment - case study due: 17 january 2012 the ford pinto case study provided an interesting insight into the automotive industry - the ford pinto essay introduction. 1971 ford pinto brochure images courtesy the old car manual project a popular car for the decade, it was produced by the ford motor company, the subcompact pinto is today best known for its propensity to combust in rear-end collisions.
The pinto is at the end of one of autodom's most notorious paper trails, the ford pinto memo , which ruthlessly calculates the cost of reinforcing the rear end ($121 million) versus the. The pinto was to cost less than $2,000 and weigh less that 2,000 pounds during crash tests which preceded the introduction of the pinto to the public, it became apparent that the vehicle had a dangerous design flaw. Ford was never held criminally liable for the design, but the perception that it was more willing to settle civil suits than it was to invest in fixing the flaw in the first place tainted the automaker's image and sealed the pinto's fate.