Has the automobile industry learned a lesson from ford's experience with the pinto some observers thought not when, in february 1993, an atlanta jury held the general motors corporation responsible for the death of a georgia teenager in the fiery crash of one of its pickup trucks at the trial, general motors contended in. Free essay: ford pinto case: the invisible corporate human pricetag in this essay, i will argue that ford motor company's business behavior was unethical as. I believed that this trial finally could convince the auto industry to stop placing fuel tanks in the vulnerable location near the rear bumper immediately after learning of the accident in 1978, i phoned elkhart county prosecuting attorney michael cosentino to tell him the saga of ford's knowledge that the pinto was a fire trap i. Stanford libraries' official online search tool for books, media, journals, databases, government documents and more. Overview, a ford pinto had stalled on the highway, another car following at 30 miles/hour rear-ended the pinto and the pinto burst into flames at the jury trial of this accident, ford's ex-employees, who were against the short development period and left the company, testified against ford and brought significant impact on. In 1978, robinson served as co-counsel with art hews in the historic ford pinto gas-tank fire case, grimshaw v ford motor co the association of trial lawyers of america (now the american association for justice) named the verdict one of the 10 most significant civil trials of the past millennium his résumé includes the.
What caught the public's eye in the pinto cases was the disclosure that ford found it cheaper to pay off the families of the victims of pinto fires than the $137 million it would cost to fix the pinto immediately, according to an internal ford memo introduced during a civil trial that meant it was not cost-effective. The cases involving the explosion of ford pinto's due to a defective fuel system design led to the debate of many issues, most centering around the use by ford the negligence-efficiency theory does not account for plaintiffs who cannot afford to bring a lawsuit to trial or those who cannot establish negligence although it. 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.
In the 1970's, the ford pinto became a notorious fixture on the evening news due to reports of exploding fuel tanks and burn deaths ford's pinto also remains a textbook example of how companies sometimes put profits ahead of lives it also remains an example of how trial lawyers and their clients help. What happens when you get rear-ended in a ford pinto whiplash or a fiery death i'd say both. Time of the trial, passions ran high in the case, fueled by a steady release of publicity adverse to ford it was said that ford acted with undue haste in trying to market a car that weighed less than 2,000 pounds and cost less than $2,000 that ford's own tests showed that the rear-end assemblies of the pinto prototype (. Mrs lilly gray, the driver of the pinto, suffered fatal burns and 13-year-old richard grimshaw, a passenger in the pinto, suffered severe and permanently disfiguring burns on his face and entire body grimshaw and the heirs of mrs gray (grays) sued ford motor company and others following a six-month jury trial, verdicts.
A study of the issues, the events and controversy surrounding the deaths of three teenage girls, victims of a fiery crash in a ford pinto, and the unfolding events at the courthouse where the resulting celebrated ford pinto trial was heard. The pinto fire controversy - ford was accused in lawsuits of failing to make the pinto safer when rear-end crashes caused fires several company memos presented as evidence during the civil trials revealed that these remedies were discussed, with the conclusion that to shut down production and retool would be too. Four years after the supreme court upheld the park case, ford was taken to court in the landmark ford pinto trial in indiana in the summer of 1985, the stakes were raised even higher when a cook county, illinois judge found three executives of film recovery systems, a corporation that used cyanide to extract silver from.
On this day in 1978, three teenage girls die after their 1973 ford pinto is rammed from behind by a van and bursts into flames on an indiana highway. Reckless homicide ford's pinto trial [lee patrick strobel] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers looks in detail at the first trial of a manufacturer on criminal charges, from the tragic accident that cost three lives to the final verdict. Mrs lilly gray‚ the driver of the pinto‚ suffered fatal burns and 13-year-old richard grimshaw‚ a passenger in the pinto‚ suffered severe and permanently disfiguring burns on his face and entire body grimshaw and the heirs of mrs gray sued ford motor company and others following a six-month jury trial.
Wheels for the world it was 1978 before ford, faced with public hearings into the matter, finally recalled the pintos it had built up to 1976 in one trial ford motor co was even held criminally liable for deaths in a pinto fire ford won that case in retrospect, it turns out that about as many people died in fiery crashes in pintos. This is a picture of a 1973 ford pinto sedan prior to a crash test with a 1972 chevrolet van, seen as evidence during the ford pinto trial in winamac, indiana on february 27, 1980 photograph by ap by doron levin september 26, 2015 volkswagen's faked diesel emissions testing led to the resignation of martin. Ford won pinto trial, nat'l lj, mar 24, 1980, at 1 see also the series of national law journal articles by professor malcolm e wheeler on the prospect and implications of fu- ture criminal trials in the products liability context: in pinto's wake, criminal trials loom for more manufacturers, nat'l lj, oct 6, 1980, at 27 the. The illiois case marks the first time executives have actually gone on trial on charges of homicide growing out of corporate activity on feb then came a case against the ford motor company, after the deaths of indiana teen-agers whose 1973 ford pinto had been struck from the rear and exploded.
The scandal and the trial on august 10, 1978, a tragic automobile accident occurred on us highway 33 near goshen, indiana sisters judy and lynn ulrich (ages 18 and 16, respectively) and their cousin donna ulrich (age 18) were struck from the rear in their 1973 ford pinto by a van the gas tank of the pinto ruprured,. Tuesday, january 22, 1980 1 ford attempts to discredit witness in local pinto trial don f neil, a f ormer watergate prosecutor and the defense attorney for ford, cross-examined prosecution's witnesses yesterday [photo by zenon\ bidinski\ carter, bush claim big victories in iowa caucus des moines, iowa (ap ). Case study from: business ethics workshop case_studies/tochtml. In 1978, then part-time prosecutor cosentino called a grand jury that charged ford with three counts of reckless homicide three teenage girls were killed when their 1973 ford pinto caught on fire after it was rear-ended ford was indicted in september 1978 the trial began in early 1980 and a pulaski.