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The Halo Effect

The Halo Effect

Update: 2021-10-1815
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In 1978, Judy, Lyn and Donna Ulrich were driving to a volleyball game when their Ford Pinto was hit from behind by a van. The Pinto caught fire, and the three teenagers died. This week, we revisit a 2020 episode with a former Ford insider who played a key role in weighing the risks associated with the Pinto. And we consider what his story tells us about a question we all face: is it possible to fairly evaluate our past actions when we know how things turned out?


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Franco M

In those same years, their best transmission was falling out of park (btw - C-6 & 289 were copied directly from GM), Firestone 500 tires were shredding and cronyism & nepotism makes for rampant incompetence to this day. So while marketing is taunting "better ideas" & "high quality" --> FORD equals Fix Or Repair Daily -- --> IMO, Ford exec's shit attitude doomed a series of great designs. Most of their "ideas" are "benchmarked" from their competition so without the knowledge gleaned from the development process, any prototype idea is doomed to fail. Ha!! I forgot about the rust buckets: Ford creates the e-coat solution in 1962 but is last to adopt it in the late '70's... doomed much?? Takata is a great "bad example" as well... ref: https://www.curbsideclassic.com/automotive-histories/automotive-history-why-fords-were-the-worst-rusters-in-the-late-60s-and-the-70s/

Oct 20th
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