14. Ford Explorer
As one of the first popular SUV models, Explorer from early the ’90s was the typical example of the concept. Big, powerful, luxurious, and capable, it could carry its passengers with ease over any terrain. Or, at least it looked like it could. Despite its popularity, the alarming reports of instability and tendencies to roll over plagued the market and the car public.
Apparently, the Explorer was unstable stable at sharp turns and high speeds, causing numerous crashes, deaths and injuries. The story slowly unfolded and Ford admitted they had concerns regarding stability and road holding. However, Firestone, Ford’s tire manufacturer, ensured that they could solve the problem by deflating the tires below the recommended limit. Ford did that, but the situation got even worse, evolving into a major scandal with Ford and Firestone as the main culprits
The aftermath of this scandal was a massive recall of Ford Explorers and a sharp decline in the stock prices of both companies. They also faced big penalties, lawsuits and a loss of reputation. Sadly, drivers didn’t need to drive fast for the Explorer to be dangerous. Even at low speeds, it was unstable when drivers attempted to turn.