What we learned after the great scandals car


once we have seen the top 5 scandals car that we have endured in the new century, it is time to see what has changed in the industry, if it has changed something. The corporate culture was dominated, in general terms, of the minimum motion: comply with the law, or to fulfill it by the hair. And some made traps to stay below, while colase.

All of the cases analysed started in the united States, especially at the media level. In a globalized world, the consequences have spread rapidly to other countries, since some of the models involved have also been sold in Europe, Japan, South Korea, etc.

We owe much to the authorities of the country, american

on the one hand we have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and on the other, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both organisms are dependent on the Department of Transport, the equivalent to the Ministry of Fomento in Spain, and with jurisdiction in the entire country. Have been the black beast of the big manufacturers.


Executives such as Mary Barra (General Motors) have had to ask forgiveness of the public opinion, even when the mistakes were committed by their predecessors, and several years ago

In the scandals mentioned are the three top manufacturers: Toyota, Volkswagen and General Motors, and are followed by the fourth, Ford. The conspiracy theories about the american industry attacks the foreign brands is a lot of manure, to be fine.

Both the EPA and the NHTSA have put (or will put) packets millionaires to the big car, regardless of where its headquarters are or whether they make it or not on american soil. The fines and the proactivity of these organisms goes boom as they are running out of patience with the bad practices of the industry.

When a legal limit of penalty came up short, increased

It demanded painful calls to review the manufacturers. The media put the issue in the public arena, fuelled with gasoline all the fires court that were arising, whether in private lawsuits or in lawsuits to collectives (class action suits). And the benefits have been fantastic.

Volkswagen can do in front of a bestiajomulta of more than 18,000 million dollars, that figure gets to shake the most hardened of the CEO. That is what you would have to pay to the US Government, then there are the civil lawsuits.


sometimes the manufacturers will only have been guilty of to choose suppliers who designed and manufactured pieces of poor quality, or that have not stood up well over the years. In those cacos, apechuga the provider, but it comes out corrupted visually by the manufacturer

The “sacrifice” of a few hundred victims, in relation to a population of users of tens of millions of people, has finished taking beneficial effects for the society as a whole. Each scandal has helped to improve the security measures or the effectiveness with which the authorities are pending of the transparency of the manufacturers.

In the past, they made accounts and it was determined that it was more economic to indemnify a few clients (or their families) who put a solution to the problem at its source in hundreds of thousands or millions of units. That is running out, is becoming more profitable lately to assume the pifias and leave to warm up to the authorities or customers.

If the response of the manufacturers is adequate, the customer forgive and forget. And will have to do the same with Volkswagen because that is what has happened with the other brands involved. Are battles that are won primarily in the press, before public opinion, and the department of communication and public relations is as important or more than the engineering department that solves directly the problem.


crash Test conducted by LatinNCAP on the Renault Sandero, sold as Dacia in Europe

The authorities of the united States have done a lot for the security of the western world in which cars are concerned. we Cannot say the same of countries in the developing or underdeveloped, where some manufacturers sell cars completely obsolete, poorly equipped, or with a build quality very inferior to that of their equivalents in the west.

In those countries, there are no authorities as diligent, or have standards much more lax

in Addition, the local media not to air the shame of the industry with the same efficiency, so there is not much social alarm, or the changes will speed up both.

When the tv, blogs, radio and newspapers draw big headlines about the incompetence or malice of large companies, well that espabilan. Where there is less information, people still rely on the good faith of the manufacturers, or that one day their governments get strict with the public health.


In Europe, EuroNCAP has done a lot for the improvement of road safety, putting in evidence the manufacturers of all kinds and origin, except those who do things well without thinking in these tests

In the free world, journalism is something fundamental to guarantee the correct functioning of democracies and freedoms. The journalism of the engine is also very useful in pro of the public health, either talking of traffic accidents or air pollution.

that is why we are so heavy talking about these issues, because it is our moral obligation and professional. If manufacturers do not work properly, you have to count.