Some people think that government requirements and rules for vehicle safety have gone a bit overboard, but think where we would be without them. There have been some vehicles to hit the streets that should never have been allowed off the assembly line. Owning any of the following cars undoubtedly resulted in stress, frustration, many car repairs, or worse.
Darracq – 1905
Dangerous cars have been on the road for over 100 years, thanks in no small part to the 1905 Darracq. With 200 horsepower, this deathtrap set European and world speed records, all while the driver had virtually no protection. The passenger seat was located directly behind the driver and was like sitting in a bucket. It was positioned in this manner so the passenger could grab hold of the driver when the vehicle flew around corners. This thing would have been safer with an ejection seat.
The Amulet was introduced by the Chinese in 2003 and it leads you to wonder how such an intelligent culture can be so clueless about safety. Chery is the Chinese equivalent to General Motors and the Amulet is being sold in many Asian countries, even though the vehicle couldn’t even achieve a 1-star safety rating. The crash test performed by the Russian Autoreview magazine resulted in the dummy being extricated in pieces. The Brilliance, Chery’s larger vehicle, is being peddled to the American market. Not surprisingly, the company is having trouble meeting American safety standards.
This vehicle can still be seen on the roads and highways of our nation. Many experts question how it was allowed to hit the market in the first place, since safety tests showed that it fared poorly in rear impact, side impact, and multiple vehicle impact tests.
Yugo GV – 1985
Driving a Yugo was like sitting inside a paper bag. If someone leans on the side of the car, it might flip over. It was built with inferior material and rattled so much on the road that you could barely hear the person sitting next to you. Being passed by a tractor-trailer was like being sucked into a black hole.
The sporty Samurai was popular for a while, looking like a wimpy version of a Jeep, but it quickly fell from grace. Rumors spread that the vehicle was highly susceptible to rollover accidents and the Samurai disappeared from the market after less than ten years on the road.
The Trident is proof that smaller doesn’t necessarily mean safer. The Peel Trident was on the road for exactly one year; 1966, and this tiny 2-seat vehicle offered virtually nothing in the way of protection.
There is no denying the unrivaled beauty and performance of the Chevrolet Corvette. It is for those who love the exhilarating thrill of being able to maneuver in and out of traffic at breakneck speed. However, the death rate associated with the Corvette is hard to ignore, and may have you considering a less exciting vehicle. Whether the death rate is directly tied to how people drive Corvettes is another story entirely.
The Pinto was the car to have in the 1970s. Its popularity quickly came to a crashing end when folks started to realize that it folded up like a newspaper when hit from behind.
This was as popular as the Pinto, yet nearly a decade earlier. The demise of this vehicle was due in large part to a book that laid out its many downfalls. For starters, it didn’t have a stabilizer bar, which was perhaps its biggest drawback.
The Audi 5000 was popular for many years, and its frame was copied and used for many other car models. Sadly, what was underneath the hood didn’t match up with its impressive appearance. During one media event to promote the latest model, the car accelerated when the brake was pressed, and thus ended the popularity of the 5000.
If you do a few searches for the 10 most dangerous cars of all-time, you will probably find that every list is different. No list is right or wrong, and there are dozens of other vehicles that could have been added to this list. Regardless of which type of car you own, you can do your part to make sure it runs at its optimal performance.
This post was written by Aiden on behalf of Service4Service, a nationwide car service center based in the UK.