9. Ford Explorer
Oh, what car fan can forget the terrible Ford Explorer of the 90s? The vehicle was the best-selling SUV of all-time and you still see a lot of them on the road. But Ford was involved in one of the biggest scandals in automotive history. First and foremost, that generation’s Explorer was designed with a weakened roof, a design flaw that was discovered during court proceedings. Because of this design flaw, the second-generation Explorer has had more fatalities in rollover incidents than any other SUV on the road. Even the infamous Isuzu Trooper didn’t do as bad as the Explorer did.
Then there was the other part of the lawsuit, which was focused on Firestone tires. The tires that came with these Explorers would explode at high speed, causing the SUV to flip over. Yes, the second generation Explorer got one of the worst raps of any vehicle on the road. Surprisingly, it didn’t ruin Ford’s reputation, but it came close. The company never truly recovered from the media circus that was the Explorer, but as time went on, the model’s safety features were vastly improved. It just goes to show you that even an automaker as famous as Ford will still cut corners from time to time.