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25 Cars That Are Dangerous To Drive

Vukasin Herbez November 21, 2017

2. Suzuki Samurai

Suzuki’s compact and capable off-roader, the Samurai, was an inexpensive alternative to bigger, more expensive terrain vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler. Suzuki introduced this vehicle in 1985. The Samurai was a strong seller until Consumer Reports discovered one fatal design flaw. It even caused a big recall and hurt the reputation of the brand.

Apparently, due to its short wheelbase and high center of gravity, the Samurai was prone to rolling over at high speeds. This caused many crashes, injuries and even fatal outcomes. Consumer Reports claimed the Samurai’s stability was alarmingly below average. So, Suzuki responded by recalling over 150,000 vehicles.

Several lawsuits were filed against the carmaker, some of which lasted until 2004. Eventually, they settled the matter, but Suzuki lost its position on the U.S. market. Sadly, they stopped selling cars in America back in 2012.

1. AMC Ambassador

In the late 60s, the American Motors Company was doing well. This was despite being the only independent domestic manufacturer under attack from Detroit’s Big Three: GM, Ford and Chrysler. Their economy car lineup was doing well on the market. And, AMC even entered the lucrative muscle car segment with the Javelin and the AMX.

However, the new Ambassador model was highly anticipated since AMC promised a modern design and powerful engines. They also offered a high level of standard equipment. In fact, the 1968 Ambassador was the first car to offer air conditioning as standard equipment. This was a big deal for the late ’60s. The future looked great for AMC until Consumer Reports tested the car and found several alarming things.

First, the quality was terrible. The body panels were loose-fitting and the interior looked like it would fall apart. Second, the poorly-installed fuel filler neck spilled gasoline all over the car and the road under heavy braking. Consumer Reports finally concluded the testing, finding the quality so poor the car was unsafe to drive. AMC responded by fixing the quality, but the problems lasted until the end of the company in the mid-80s.

 

All the cars on this list represent a good idea gone bad. They were dangerous – and even deadly. If you see one of these on your local used car lot, run for the hills.

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