Ethics in the Automobile industry

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Ethics in the Automobile industry:

Ethics in the Automobile industry By Thomas Talley

Presentation overview:

Presentation overview Ethical Concerns in the Ford Pinto General Motors ignition switch issue Volkswagen emissions scandal Conclusion

The ford pinto:

The ford pinto Ford is the second largest U.S. based automobile company The ford pinto was manufactured between the years 1971 and 1980 The pinto came in a two-door sedan, hatchback, and wagon model

The design defect of the ford pinto:

The design defect of the ford pinto In rear collision pinto’s fuel tank would explode or leak fuel that would ignite. This was due to a design defect that would allow the fuel neck to break off or the mounting bolts and right shock absorber would penetrate the tank The design defect led to the 27 deaths

Ford’s decision to continue production of the pinto:

Ford’s decision to continue production of the pinto Ford did a cost analysis to determine if should stop production and redesign the pinto Ford’s experts estimated the value of human life at around $200,000 and serious injury at $67,000 It estimated that 180 deaths and 180 serious injury it would only cost 49 million compared to the redesign that would cost 137 million dollars

General Motors ignition switch defect:

General Motors ignition switch defect The defect would cause the engine to shut off while driving Lock the steering wheel and prevent the air bag from deploy

List of GM Models in the recall:

List of GM Models in the recall Buick Lacrosse (2005–2009) Buick Lucerne (2006–2011) Cadillac CTS (2003–2011) Cadillac Deville (2000–2005) Cadillac DTS (2006–2011) Cadillac SRX (2004–2006) Chevrolet Camaro (2010–2014) Chevrolet Cobalt (2005–2010) Chevrolet HHR (2006–2011) Chevrolet Impala (2000–2014) Chevrolet Malibu (1997–2005) Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2000–2007) Oldsmobile Alero (1999–2004) Oldsmobile Intrigue (1998–2002) Pontiac G5 (2007–2010) Pontiac Grand AM (1999–2005) Pontiac Grand Prix (2004–2008) Pontiac Solstice (2006–2010) Saturn Ion (2003–2007) Saturn Sky (2007–2010)

The GM Ignition switch recall:

The GM Ignition switch recall GM had to recall about 29 million vehicles The defect resulted in over 100 deaths and 300 serious injuries GM had to agree to pay the U. S. Government 900 million dollars and pay surviving victims over 600 million dollars

Did GM act ethical during the ignition switch case?:

Did GM act ethical during the ignition switch case? According the valukas report, GM did not try to cover up the problem but found gm failed to understand how the switch was linked to other components. Lance cooper an attorney against gm brought the switch issue to light. it was cooper not gm recognized that there was design defect Without cooper gm might not have recalled those 29 million unsafe vehicles.

Volkswagen emission scandal:

Volkswagen emission scandal Volkswagen advertised that its diesel cars emitted less pollution than its competitors. After a research team from west Virginia university discovered that the Volkswagen Passat emitted pollutions 30 times more than it should, Volkswagen admitted wrongdoing Volkswagen were using illegal programmed software that would mislead an emissions tests

Volkswagen emissions recall:

Volkswagen emissions recall Volkswagen was forced to recall nearly half a million vehicles And face a fine up to 18 billion dollars for violation of the clean air act in the u.s. The cars involved: Jetta (2009–2015) Golf (2009–2015) Beetle (2009–2015) Passat (2014–2015) Audi A3 (2009–2015)


conclusion It does not pay to be unethical, it will end up costing you in the long run. Thank you The end!

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