3. 1996 Ford Explorer
When you think of an iconic car that almost took down an automaker, the 1996 Explorer is it. The little SUV which is one of the best-selling vehicles of all-time was involved in the infamous Firestone lawsuit against Ford. These things would tip over and explode because of the tires, causing injury and even death. Court findings revealed that the roof on these models was intentionally designed weaker than the outgoing model. For what you got, the Explorer from this generation was a good deal.
You got V8 power in an attractive and compact package. But at the cost of your health or even death, this obviously wasn’t worth it. Ford ended up settling out of court for millions and you seldom find Firestone tires on a new Ford vehicle any longer. There was just too much scarring done by the company.