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The Ford Pinto Case: A Study in Applied Ethics, Business, and Technology

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This book bring together the basic documents needed for reaching an informed judgment on the central ethical question in the Pinto case: did Ford Motor Company act ethically in designing the Pinto fuel system and in deciding not to upgrade the integrity of that system until 1978? The five parts of this book cover the case, cost-benefit analysis, whistle blowing, product liability, and government regulations.
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Brings together the basic documents needed for reaching an informed judgment on the central ethical question in the Pinto case: did Ford Motor Company act ethically in designing the Pinto fuel system and in deciding not to upgrade the integrity of that system until 1978? The five parts of the volume cover the case, cost-benefit analysis, whistle blowing, product liability, and government regulations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface

Ethical Analysis of Case Studies

PART I: THE PINTO CONTROVERSY

Introduction: The Pinto Controversy
Douglas Birsch

1. Pinto Madness
Mark Dowie

2. Ford Rebuts Pinto Criticism and Says Article is Distorted
The National Underwriter

3. The Pinto Documents
Lee Patrick Strobel

4. The Pinto Fuel System
West's California Reporter

5. Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, Part 571; S 301

6. Investigation Report, Phase I: Alleged Fuel Tank and Filler Neck Damage in Rear-End Collision of Subcompact Passenger Cars

7. Pinto Fires and Personal Ethics: A Script Analysis of Missed Opportunities
Dennis A. Gioia

PART II: COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS

Introduction: Cost-Benefits Analysis

8. Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique
Steven Kelman

9. Defending Cost-Benfit Analysis: Replies to Steven Kelman
James V. Delong; Robert M. Solow; Gerard Butters, John Calfee, and Pauline Ippolito; Robert A. Nisbet

10. Product Safety, Cost-Benefit Analysis, and the Ford Pinto Case
Douglas Birsch

11. Fatalities Associated with Crash-Induced Fuel Leakage and Fires
E.S. Grush and C. S. Saunby

PART III: WHISTLE BLOWING

Introduction: Whistle Blowing

12. Ethical Responsibilities of Engineers in Large Organizations: The Pinto Case
Richard T. De George

13. Commentary on "Ethical Responsibilities of Engineers in Large Organizations: The Pinto Case"
Hart T. Mankin

14. Whistle Blowing, Ethical Obligation, and the Ford Pinto Case
Douglas Birsch

PART IV: PRODUCT LIABILITY

Introduction: Product Liability

15. Marketing and Product Liability: A Review and Update
Fred W. Morgan

16. Strict Products Liability and Compensatory Justice
George G. Brenkert

17. Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company
West's California Reporter

PART V: THE REGULATION OF BUSINESS

Introduction: The Regulation of Business

18. Profits vs. Safety
Francis T. Cullen, William J. Maakestad, and Gray Cavender

19. Five Moral Imperatives of Government Regulation
Peter Barton Hutt

20. Regulation: A Substitute for Morality
Alasdair MacIntyre

21. The Ethics and Politics of Automobile Regulation
John H. Fielder

Appendix: Abbreviated Ford Pinto Chronology

Bibliography

Index

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