1978.06 Pinto Fraud

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The Pinto never had a worse fire/fatality record that similar sized car, but ABC's 20/20 didn't offer that context, and instead used a film that had an incendiary device show that if a Ford Sedan was rear-ended at 55 MPH, it could blow up. This sensational FakeNews convinced people for generations that Pinto's were unsafe.

Basics

  • the Pinto averaged 310 fatalities a year, Toyota Corolla averaged 313, the VW Beetle 374, Datsun 1200 had 405.
  • fiery rear-end collisions comprised only 0.6% of car fatalities

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