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People choose cars based on all kinds of reasons, but the top variable for most drivers is safety. There is no point hopping behind the wheel of your car, whether it’s to race down lanes or drive your kids to school, if the car is going to kill you. Because of this, the American public have become safety hawks in rating the safety of cars and trying to find ‘the safest car possible’ to drive.
So what about the cars that fail to live up to these lofty standards? Cars must meet certain minimum requirements to even be on the road, but there are certainly some cars that have gained notoriety for being particularly unsafe even if they do meet minimum standards. There are a multitude of ways to measure how ‘unsafe a car is’, from the number of deaths of its passengers to number of complaints about its safety. In these ways and others, some cars just stand out as particularly unsafe. So here it is: a list of 5 of the most unsafe cars of all time.
#5. Ford Pinto
You can’t create a list about unsafe cars without at least a cursory mention of the Ford Pinto, which courted media controversy in 1977 after it appeared that problems with its fuel tank filter made it liable to explode. Even worse was the PR problem Ford has to swallow when it merged that Ford knew of the problem in design but ultimately decided it would be cheaper to pay out on death lawsuits and car accident compensation than it would be to change the flaw in ever single car. In the end the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration directed Ford to recall the cars and fix the problems with fuel tank.
#4. Smith Flyer
Also known as the Briggs & Stratton Flyer, this car certainly wouldn’t pass modern safety tests since it lacks certain features like, say, windows. First made in 1915, the Smith Flyer looks more like a bicycle when compared to todays cars and would certainly be a bit of a hazard on the roads.
#3. Chevrolet Corvair
Most people know Ralph Nader as the perennial presidential candidate who messed up the 2000 election, but before he was siphoning away votes from Al Gore he was writing books on car safety. ‘Unsafe at Any Speed’ was a polemical against car design that emphasises flash over safety and the lack of money spent on safety features. The book is particularly famous for ravaging the first Chevrolet Corvair as crash-prone, specifically due to design flaws that Chevrolet were all too aware of. This included toxic fumes and tires that had higher air pressure than was safe.
#2. Chevrolet Camero
The Camero was the second after the Corvette on the number of car accident deaths list, and continued the trend of high performance vehicle registering the most deaths. While there have been questions over the Camero’s design, the most likely cause of the number of deaths in Cameros is the type of people likely to own one. Males under 30 are the most likely group to own a high-performance car like a Camero and are at the same time the most likely to get into a car accident, as reflected by the price of young male insurance premiums related to car accident compensation.
#1. Chevrolet Corvette
The Corvette to some is one of the classiest cars of all time, epitomizing sleek speed and beauty in an automobile (and also possibly a mid-life crisis). However the people who are saying those words are probably safer looking at the car than driving it, because the Corvette has the dubious honour of being the most lethal car in the history of the United States. More people have died driving or being a passenger in a Corvette than in any other motor vehicle brand.
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