The Ford Pinto Case - When Corporate Negligence Leads to Death
Leandra - B.A. PoliSci; Law Student (she/her)
Students will learn about the infamous Ford Pinto case as an example of a high-profile civil lawsuit. Students will learn about products liability and negligence and will be able to discuss their thoughts on this case.
US Grade 8 - 11
We all trust manufacturers to only sell things that are safe. They'd never purposefully put something on the market they knew could hurt us, right? Enter the Ford Pinto. A car that was created to be so affordable, ANYONE could buy it. To make the car so affordable, however, certain things were sacrificed in the product's design. Now, I'm not talking just aesthetic components were sacrificed; SAFETY components were also sacrificed. The Pinto would explode when rear-ended. While car fires and...
I have six years experience working as a paralegal at various law firms and have real-world experience working with lawyers and clients. I am also a law school student that excelled in the topic of Torts, earning a 4.3 in Torts I and a 4.0 in Torts II. I also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for my performance in my Torts I class.
Students will hear about how the manufacturing defects of the Ford Pinto led to many deaths by car fire/explosion. Students will not be shown any pictures and will not see anything gruesome. However, if the thought or imagining of these events would traumatize your students, I would advise your student to not take this class.
Full opinion: Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Co. (1981) https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/3d/119/757.html [primary source] Prosser, Wade, & Schwartz’s Torts: Cases and Materials (14th edition) [secondary source]
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