Five Most Dangerous Cars Ever Made

The Chervolet Corvair. Image courtesy of

When it comes to cars, safety should always be the first priority of manufacturers and drivers alike. However, design flaws or lack of testing and safety features have made some vehicles notorious for fatal accidents, branding them forever.

Want to stay safe on the road? Browse our list and learn the risks of the most dangerous vehicles ever made:

Ford Pinto

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Small, cheap and economical on gas, the Ford Pinto was launched onto the market under the tagline The Little Carefree Car.  However, the 'carefree' aspect was quickly out of the picture after media scandals and legal cases labeled the car as one of the most dangerous vehicles ever made.

The downfall of the car was due to a design flaw - the gas tank was placed in the back of the car, near the rear bumper, causing the car to burst into flames after even mild fender benders. In 1978, after growing pressure from the media and the NHTSA, the car was finally recalled, so you can drive the roads safely now.

Peel Trident

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The Peel Trident is probably most famous for its 'Flintstones' look and a glass bubble top. Advertised as 'almost cheaper than walking', this tiny three-wheeled microcar, designed and built on the Isle of Man, was available for only one year - 1966, and only around 45 units were ever made.

One look at the Peel Trident and it becomes quite obvious why it's been repeatedly labeled as one of the worst and most dangerous cars ever. Its absurdly small size and cramped interior left practically no room for any sort of safety features, and the infamous glass bubble top left drivers completely exposed not only to merciless sunlight, but much greater risk of injury in case of accidents.  

Yugo GV

A poster for the Yugo. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Manufactured in Yugoslavia, the Yugo GV (great value) made its U.S debut in 1984. However, it didn't live up to a promising start. It turned out that the Yugo GV couldn't go 50,000 miles without breaking a belt, and that its overall construction was so bad that its parts would rattle off or break while the car was actually being driven.  

As if all that was not enough, it also gained a reputation for being blown off a bridge during a single gust of wind.  This 1989 incident, in which the poor driver was blown over the edge along with her car, meant that the end of the Yugo GV has come.

Briggs and Stratton Flyer

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This two-seat vehicle with a wooden frame was produced from 1915 through 1925. Today, it's most famous as the least expensive car of all time. However, this status is also a good indicator of its safety. The manufacturer cut costs to such a level that not only did the Briggs and Stratton Flyer lack any kind of crash protection - it also had no 'basic safety features' such as doors or windshield.

Chevrolet Corvair

The Chervolet Corvair. Image courtesy of

The controversial Chevrolet Corvair was originally produced as a response to the popular VW Beetle, and to this day it remains the only American designed sedan to feature a rear-mounted air-cooled engine.

For the Corvair, everything went down with Ralph Nader's book on car safety - Unsafe at Any Speed. In it, he exposed the Corvair as one of the deadliest cars of all time and highlighted all its flaws: from stability issues and rear engine that emitted a lot of toxic fumes into the vehicle, to dangerous steering wheel and substandard tire pressure requirements. The book stirred quite a bit of media frenzy and eventually the production ended in 1969.

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