Famously Dangerous Cars

  • By Admin
  • 27 Jul, 2017
Famously dangerous red Ferrari 458 Italia parked on the street

Most people would agree that older cars had more character than what the general public drives around today. Despite their classic appearance and style, they also had a variety of issues that made them particularly unsafe. Even some of the most popular cars of the past decades had glaring safety flaws.

DeLorean DMC-12

Made famous by its appearance in the 1985 film Back to the Future , the DeLorean and its gull-wing doors had a distinct appearance. Despite its current cult following, initial sales were much lower than expected. The company even went bankrupt after its president, John DeLorean, was arrested on drug trafficking charges.

Even if the DeLorean Motor Company had stayed in business the DMC-12 likely would not have won any safety awards. While the gull-wing doors and sleek windows made the car look futuristic, they also posed potential safety risks. In the case of a rollover, there was a very high chance the doors would not open. The windows were also too small to crawl out of, making it impossible to escape a flipped vehicle without emergency assistance.

Porsche 911 

The Porsche 911 was first developed in the 1960s as a more powerful and comfortable replacement for the company’s first model. More than 50 years of production have made the 911 one of today’s most beloved sports cars. However, the early years were spent refining and fixing old ideas. The 911’s engine was placed in the back of the vehicle, behind the rear axle. This setup resulted in dangerous over-steering; one wrong pull of the wheel could result in the vehicle swerving into other lanes.

Chevrolet Corvair

The ‘60s Chevrolet Corvair also made use of a rear-mounted engine. Combined with a rear-swing arm suspension, the Corvair’s setup was unfamiliar to most drivers. These factors resulted in a number of instances where the vehicle drastically fish tailed. An investigation by Ralph Nader found that Chevy had even opted to omit an anti-roll bar in order to save on manufacturing expenses. A series of lawsuits put the vehicle’s dangerous nature directly in the public eye, destroying sales. The Corvair was discontinued in its 1969 model year.

Ferrari 458 Italia

American cars weren’t the only models beset by safety hazards. Ferrari’s initial release of the 458 Italia became infamous for one particular design flaw: they had a habit of bursting into flames. The adhesive material used to hold the car’s inner fenders in place turned out to be highly flammable. Placed close to the exhaust, it was prone to catching fire. Ferrari was forced to recall 1,248 of the vehicles. The fenders were riveted on, in place of the adhesive, but the damage to the sports car’s reputation had already been done.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Phoenix

If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of conditions created by a negligent individual, company or government entity, experienced Phoenix attorney Steven R. Garcia can help. That includes design or manufacturing flaws in vehicles that lead to accidents or injuries . With professional support you can pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

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