The rollover fiasco of the 1990s wasn’t just focused on the Isuzu Trooper. Other small SUV models were also wrapped up in the debate, and the Samurai was at the forefront. Although the basic design of the Samurai dates back to the early 1980s, it wasn’t fair to compare the SUV to more modern models, such as the RAV4 (via Motor Trend).
The Samurai had a very short wheelbase and it was high off the ground, which meant it tipped over fairly easily. There were other SUV models with a similar design, but the Samurai was so archaic that there were no safety features. The Samurai was finally discontinued in the late 1990s after being wrapped up in the rollover debates.