10. Ford Explorer
As one of the first popular SUV models, the Explorer of the early 90’s was the typical example of the concept. Big, powerful, luxurious and capable, it could carry its passengers with ease over any terrain – at least it looked like it could. Despite the popularity, the alarming reports of instability and tendencies to roll over plagued the market and the car public.
Apparently, the Explorer wasn’t stable at sharp turns and high speeds, causing numerous crashes, deaths and injuries. Slowly, as the story unfolded, Ford admitted they had concerns regarding stability and road holding. However, Firestone, the tire manufacturer ensured Ford`s engineers they could solve the problem by deflating the tires below the recommended limit. Ford followed their advice, but the situation got even worse.
It evolved into a major scandal involving Ford and Firestone. The aftermath was a massive recall of Ford Explorers, a sharp decline in stock prices of both companies, big penalties, lawsuits and a loss of reputation.