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Ford’s cost-benefit analysis showed it was cheaper to endure lawsuits and settlements than to remedy the Pinto design. Ford knew about the risk, yet it paid millions to settle damages suits out of court and spent millions more lobbying against safety standards. Pinto was a best-selling subcompact.
The poor design of the Pinto’s fuel tank and rear end made it vulnerable to crashes, even at low speeds, in which the fuel tank would suffer extreme damage and catch on fire, often trapping the car’s occupants inside. Twenty-seven people died in Pinto fires and countless others suffered serious burns.
Fighting strong competition from Volkswagen for the lucrative small-car market, the Ford Motor Company rushed the Pinto into production in much less than the usual time. Ford engineers discovered in pre-production crash tests that rear-end collisions would rupture the Pinto’s fuel system extremely easily.
Reports range from 27 to 180 deaths as a result of rear-impact-related fuel tank fires in the Pinto, but given the volume of more than 2.2 million vehicles sold, the death rate was not substantially different from that of vehicles by Ford’s competitors. The far more damaging result for Ford was the PR disaster.
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6 of the Most Reliable Cars Ever MadeHonda Civic. There’s nothing like a good ol’ Honda Civic. Subaru Outback. The ultimate family vehicles for practicality, you can fit your kids, your partner, your mother-in-law, your father-in-law, your dog, your cat, and then some in the back of a Subaru Outback. Honda Accord. Crown Victoria. Toyota Camry.
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Gates is reportedly an avid luxury-car collector. He told Ellen DeGeneres in a recent interview that his biggest splurge after founding Microsoft was buying a Porsche 911 supercar, which he later sold. In 2012, one of its new owners sold it at auction for $80,000.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the richest person in the world, has a net worth of $75 billion. Gates’ net worth is greater than the GDP of 122 countries. If he were to liquidate all of his assets, Gates could purchase all of the final goods and services supplied by Myanmar in a single year.
Bill Gates does not have a conventional medical degree. He initially enrolled at Harvard University in 1973 but dropped out two years later to start Microsoft. Due to his accolades, however, Bill has since been awarded several honorary degrees, both medical and legal.
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