There have been some very dangerous cars throughout the history of the automotive industry, but none are as well-known as the Ford Pinto. Its design placed the fuel tank near the rear bumper, making it easy for a harmless fender-bender to ignite the fuel tank and cause a massive explosion. Twenty-seven people were killed in Pinto explosions before Ford recalled the car. This article explores the top five most dangerous cars in automobile history.
The Ford Bronco II was the first SUV on the market. Because it was built for rough terrain, it was prone to rollover. Its design also made it dangerous to drive in tight turns. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Bronco II one of the deadliest cars in automotive history. More than 800 people have died in Bronco rollover crashes. Ford was aware of these risks when it launched the Bronco II, and they replaced it with the Ford Explorer a few years later.
The Hyundai Accent sedan is another example of a car that may be unsafe. According to IIHS test results, it has poor headlights and a faulty child seat anchor. While it is a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick, it still contributes to the overall number of deaths in automobile crashes. The Hyundai Elantra has made significant improvements in the 2019 model. Even though it is no longer the most dangerous car on the road, owners of earlier versions should be extra cautious when operating the car.