Before you drive a car, especially if you are buying one for your own, you would want to know if it is a safe car. Hence, you need to stay informed of the dangerous cars around that has caused the most deaths so you can avoid them. Sadly, if you have already bought one of these, there is no turning back now. Just avoid getting into an accident when driving one.
To keep you on top of things, we listed here some of the dangerous cars that you should avoid like your life depended on it. Most of the dangerous cars that have caused the most deaths are small cars known as subcompacts. This is expected since smaller cars tend to incur more damage than larger cars. However, many still choose subcompacts not only because they aren’t informed but because these cars are cheaper, offer better mileage, and can easily fit into a parking space.
Let’s take a look at cars that pose the most danger.
15. Kia Rio
The Kia Rio, which was designed in Frankfurt, Germany, boasts an award-winning exterior with a lush interior that offers a premium feel and more space. It features 4-speed automatic transmission across the range and gives an option of 6-speed manual for five models.
However, even though it might have a more advanced mechanism now than ever, a study that Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released in 2015 revealed that the four-door version of the Rio was one of the dangerous cars that had the highest rates of driver deaths per one million registered vehicles. It took the number one spot and was listed to have had 149 deaths per 1 million over the 2009 to 2012 study period.
14. Mercury Grand Marquis
Sold from 1975 to 2011, the Mercury Grand Marquis, unfortunately, made it to the Forbes’ list of some of the most dangerous vehicles in 2010. There were several actual reports from owners related to the car’s rear suspension in early 2000, which firmly proved that the car did have issues during its production run.
This luxury sedan, which was the counterpart of the Ford LTD Crown Victoria, was the flagship model of the Mercury line for its entire production run, but the Mercury brand had to be phased out following the 2010 model year so only a limited run of the 2011 models was produced.
13. Ford Focus
Manufactured since 1998, the Ford Focus replaced the previous Escort and Laser models. According to Revolvy.com, a group of young designers worked on the car using what’s called the Third Age Suit to simulate the physical limitations of an elderly person. The year after it was launched, the car happily took home the 1999 European Car of the Year award.
Unfortunately, it joined the Kia Rio in the list of the deadliest cars on the road in 2015 under the study that Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted involving cars from the 2009 to 2012 model years. The Focus regrettably took the 8th spot with 70 deaths per one million reported.
12. Dodge Nitro
The Dodge Nitro was assembled in Toledo, Ohio and has made its debut in 2005 at the Chicago Auto Show. It was officially released in 2006 and is considered to be Dodge’s first compact SUV model since the production of the Raider was discontinued in 1990. Unfortunately, this first modern Dodge-branded automobile, alongside the Jeep Liberty, was included in Forbes’ list of dangerous cars in 2011. It was due to the “below average” ratings that the car received from the J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality and Reliability surveys and Automotive Lease Guide for residual value. Prior to that, it has also received complaints and poor reviews from its owners.
11. Nissan Versa
Nissan Versa is being dubbed as the Big Little Car, as the sedan model can accommodate up to five persons with loads of headroom and legroom. With its spacious interior, everyone can surely experience a comfortable ride.
According to Morrie’s Brooklyn Park, a car dealership that specializes in Nissan’s, the Nissan Versa’s critical engine components are micro-finished to reduce friction and provide a quicker response. Moreover, it got a valve timing system that continuously adjusts engine output. However, despite that, the Versa was actually included in the deadliest cars list of 2015, alongside the Kia Rio and Ford Focus, which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiled. The sedan model was associated with 130 deaths per one million, while the hatchback model was made responsible for 71 unfortunate deaths.
10. Jeep Patriot
The Jeep Patriot is a front-engine compact crossover SUV with five doors. According to Carid.com, it made its debut in 2006 at the New York Auto Show for the model year 2007, exclusively offering a four-wheel drive system marketed as the Freedom Drive II. A front-wheel drive is also available called the Freedom Drive I, which uses a full-time front-wheel-drive-based 4WD/AWD drive system. The Patriot won the 2007 Green 4×4 Award and the 2008 4×4 of the Year in the UK. However, despite those awards, it was still listed as one of the deadliest vehicles from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that was measured between the 2008 and 2011 model years. It was responsible for 57 deaths per million.
9. Hyundai Accent
Radiating grace and confidence on the outside, the Hyundai Accent makes sure that it also exudes effortless elegance and charming contrasts in the inside. For safety, it offers its rigid shell, dual airbags, and crash avoidance innovation. With that, J.D. Power and Associates named the Accent as the most dependable subcompact car in 2008.
It is not all good times for this vehicle, though, as it was among the cars that have significantly higher rates of death than others that were measured between the 2008 and 2011 model years. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety included the two-door model in its list of deadliest vehicles with its 86 overall driver deaths per million, 43 of them were multiple-vehicle crashes while the 48 were single-vehicle crashes.
8. Geely CK
The Geely CK might sound unfamiliar to the ears, but this four-door vehicle had its fair share of the spotlight when it was first released in 2005. Despite not being shown to the general public and only shown to the press, the car is known as the first ever Chinese automobile displayed at an American auto show. It wasn’t released in the U.S. and other European countries and for good reason. It is said to have failed almost every safety test that it has gone through. No official number of deaths that the car caused were disclosed, but a significant number of the model’s that were tested apparently had no airbags, with the body prone to collapsing almost completely during crash testing.
7. Chevrolet Aveo
Manufactured from 2002 to 2011, the Chevrolet Aveo was well-marketed in 120 countries under seven different brands, which made this subcompact car also available in several variants. The four-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, and wagon were just some of the models that were released in the market. GM Daewoo introduced it as the Daewoo Kalos in 2002 and it was sold in three and four body styles. However, this popular vehicle didn’t escape the list of dangerous cars.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiled the number of deaths associated with vehicles between the 2009 and 2012 model years and the four-door Aveo was recorded to have caused 99 deaths per million, while the wagon type caused 58 deaths per million.
6. Hyundai Tiburon
The Hyundai Tiburon, also known as Tuscani, Turbulence, and Coupe in some markets, is a South Korean automobile that was released in two generations named the RD and GK over its production run from 1996 to 2008. The RD Tiburon was in production for five years, while the second-generation GK Tiburon lasted for six years. The vehicle, however, unfortunately, made it to the dangerous cars list conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2009. Those from model years 2005 up to 2008 were recorded to have caused 96 fatalities per million, matching the Nissan Versa’s total, with 63 out of the 96 deaths recorded to have come from single-vehicle crashes caused by the two-door model.
5. Nissan 350Z
The two-door, two-seater Nissan 350Z sports car was also known as the Fairlady Z Z33 in Japan. It was manufactured from 2002 to 2009, which marked the fifth generation of Nissan’s Z-car line. During its first year in production, there was only a coupe, but the roadster did make its debut the following year.
Unfortunately, this car model was named the deadliest car in 2011. According to the records that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety obtained through a study conducted on the 2005 to 2008 model years, the 350Z came out on top with a driver death rate of 143 per one million registered vehicles. It was ahead of the Nissan Titan pickup with 126 mortalities.
4. DeLorean DMC-12
Simply referred to as “the DeLorean,” the DeLorean DMC-12 is the company’s only model ever produced. It is a sports car that was manufactured for the American market from 1981 to 1983. With its gull-wing doors and fiberglass body structure, the vehicle has been widely known and iconic for its appearance that even made its way to the Back to the Future film franchise.
Despite that popularity, however, the DeLorean was considered to be wildly unsafe. There were no actual records of deaths revealed officially, but there were reports of it being one of the most dangerous cars that drivers should try to avoid. This conclusion was mainly due to the car’s design, leaving people trapped inside and unable to escape during car crashes.
3. Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado is built for city streets and camping retreats. With its premium interior features and technology, off-roaders can take pleasure in riding this Chevy. Interestingly, there are also an available high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection and advanced safety features inside the truck that the owners will be able to enjoy. Despite all the improvements today, however, the Colorado truck still has a pretty bad rep from the past. According to the study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Extended Cab 2WD 2005 to 2008 pickup models were recorded to have caused 93 deaths per million registrations, with the majority of deaths involving no other vehicle.
2. Audi 5000
The Audi 5000 arrived in the U.S. in 1980, delivering only 130 horsepower that was twenty percent less than the one specified on its European spec sheet. Weirdly, due to problems that plagued the Audi 5000, it actually managed to have made its way onto the urban dictionary website and was quickly associated with the concept of “leaving quickly.”
It is defined as an “adjective describing one or more people who intend on leaving a particular place.” This was due to the car’s unintended acceleration, which several drivers complained about. The root of the problem was discovered to have risen from the acceleration and brake pedals being unusually close to each other, leading the vehicle to lurch forward when drivers put their foot on the brake pedal.
1. Pontiac Fiero
George Milidrag and Hulki Aldikacti designed the Pontiac Fiero as a sports car. It only had a short production run, though, which lasted for only five years. Still, from 1983 to 1988, a total of 370,168 Fiero models managed to reach several garages. This mid-engine sports car, however, although noticeably an attention-grabber, had a poor reputation when it comes to safety. Those driving the 2.5L models encountered issues such as engine fires due to oil that leaked onto parts of the engine after the connecting rod broke. The car then suffered from criticisms over performance, reliability, and safety issues. Safety recalls were made, but it wasn’t enough to save the vehicle’s reputation.
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