44: 1971 Ford Pinto
The Pinto had a decent run as an affordable compact car, and at first, sold quite well. But then a scandal broke out and it was surrounding the fuel tank location. It was discovered that Ford skipped a portion of the design that covered safety and the Pinto would explode when it was hit from the rear (via Tort Museum).
Pinto sales diminished fast and it took Ford a long time to repair its image after that happened. Today, the Pinto has become a collector’s item but no one can forget the scandal. If you were driving a Ford from this period, then you remember when it happened.