Is Toyota being seen as the new Ford Pinto?

February 13, 2010

Without an attempt to remember history, man remains a very stupid animal (1970 ad).This is a Wikipedia post outlines the Ford Pinto safety controversy:

The model became a focus of a major scandal when it was alleged that the car’s design allowed its fuel tank to be easily damaged in the event of a rear-end collision which sometimes resulted in deadly fires and explosions. Critics argued that the vehicle’s lack of a true rear bumper as well as any reinforcing structure between the rear panel and the tank meant that in certain collisions, the tank would be thrust forward into the differential, which had a number of protruding bolts that could puncture the tank. This, and the fact that the doors could potentially jam during an accident (due to poor reinforcement) allegedly made the car less safe than its contemporaries.

I guess this 1977 Mother Jones article seemed to have been influential: Pinto Madness.

For seven years the Ford Motor Company sold cars in which it knew hundreds of people would needlessly burn to death.

I’m following the role of Mr. Dimitrios Biller here (so far):

I brought into our family our 4th Civic last month.

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