Ethical Considerations for Automobile Emissions Management Background, Detriment, and Litigation


Volkswagen’s diesel emissions have triggered different litigations from the EPA and other agencies. This research will analyze potential justification to the upper management and the engineers of Volkswagen. Maintaining trust between society, customers, and car manufacturers is essential. This research will provide strategies for automobile manufacturers to mitigate the potential recurrence of litigation risks. Manufacturers and engineers should ensure that the cars can successfully maintain consumers’ trust. The author recommends that automobile manufacturers should focus on global markets and improve its ethical and regulatory standards. Additionally, this research emphasizes that a company has ethical obligations to disclose facts and mitigate future risks for improving reputation and devices. Moreover, this research encourages upper management and engineers to solve the emission problem by improving technological innovation to decrease emissions. The author believes that car manufacturers have social and ethical responsibilities when designing devices. They should lower emissions for climate change and public health reasons. Furthermore, this research provides insights on what manufacturers could learn from the Volkswagen scandal, which highlights that cooperation among the company, experts, and government agencies is essential. It encourages manufacturers’ teams to consider different ethical approaches when designing devices to protect individuals’ health and the environment.


Keywords: Automobile emissions, common good approach, ethical considerations, technological innovation, utilitarianism approach


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