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WMW Engineering Consultants

54 Park Avenue South

New York, NY 10004

14 February 2005

Mr. Lee Iacocca


The Ford Motor Company

555 Dearborn Avenue

Detroit, MI 54423

Dear Mr. Iacocca,

As a consultant engineer with WMW, the company you engaged to evaluate the Ford Pinto gas tank placement problem, I hereby submit my results.

Your engineers have come up with four solutions to the problem: to relocate the gas tank from its present position between the differential and the rear bumper, to above the differential; to install a part that will prevent the gas tank being ruptured by the exposed bolts of the differential in the event of a rear-end crash; to insert a rubber bladder into the gas tank to prevent fuel spillage; or to stay with the original design and absorb the legal costs.

The first two solutions do not look practicable since the first one reduces the trunk space and the cost of the second one is much higher than your estimation of the cost of lawsuits, compensation and repairs.

Then, a comparison must be made between the remaining two solutions. The total cost of the third solution is $63,3 million and your

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