Owner of a Jeep SUV that is under a recall for fuel-tank fires. The recall was in 2013, and involves 1.6 million Jeep vehicles, but there has been a lack of parts and other problems that have resulted in only 8% of the vehicles being fixed. Anthony Jewell, the owner, has his Jeep just sitting parked because he does not feel safe driving it, and, well, the quote of this noble man appears above. Mr. Jewell is correct in his mastery of the ethical implications of his situation. Last week, a woman driving a Jeep was killed when her vehicle burst into flames — the accident was 15 miles from Chrysler headquarters. Chrysler says that it has 461,000 parts on hand and stands ready, willing, and able to make the fixes needed.
Some people do the right thing even though not responsible for the original defect.
Note: the spelling error “conscience” vs. “conscious” in the Wall Street Journal‘s error, not Mr. Jewell’s.