Baby Walker Ethical Dilemmas

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The case provided presents several ethical dilemmas that arise as a result of the production and sale of unsafe products. Specifically, readers are introduced with a hypothetical proposition to consider themselves in the role of an agent—retained by a manufacturing company—to facilitate the export of unsafe infant baby walkers for sale in foreign countries. In this paper, I will analyze the following ethical dilemmas—presented in this case: Condoning Unethical Actions, Saying Things You Know Are Not True, Hiding Information, Taking Unfair Advantage, Permitting Organizational Abuse, and Balancing Ethical Dilemmas. Understanding the legal relationship between an agent and a client is fundamental to accurately interpreting the ethical dilemmas…show more content…
Not only would taking this unfair advantage be unjust for the competing manufacturers who produce safer, substitute baby walkers, but also, the ultimate purchasers of the product who entrust the sound manufacturing and design of the baby walker with the safety of their…show more content…
Since this action may not hold any direct legal consequences in this case, the legality and ethics of the decision would be mutually exclusive and outside the scope of an attorney’s capacity to solely interpret the law. Therefore, waiting for an answer that will never be officially given by an attorney should not be used as a justifiable rationalization for unethical actions and behavior. This conclusion can be proved by using the Ethical Model known as Blanchard and Peale. When interpreting an ethical decision, one must ask themselves three questions: “Is it legal?”, “Is it balanced?”, and “How does it make me feel?”. Since there may not be direct legal consequences for the exportation of the infant baby walker, then both the company and agent must ask themselves if the decision would be balanced—which it would not be since potentially dangerous products would be sold to unknowing purchasers. Therefore, the decision would be deemed unethical and any rationalization
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