Designers and manufacturers have made a huge number of improvements to the vehicles that they have created over the past century. They are now faster, more fuel efficient and luxurious than ever before. However, the biggest improvement has arguably come in the safety department.
In the past, those wishing to travel longer distances could often put their lives at risk by choosing the wrong mode of transportation. Poor raw materials made for cars that could fail catastrophically at a moments notice, strange designs could have unforeseen consequences when put into practice and safety technology just wasn’t advanced enough to be very effective. Now though, with ever more advanced security designs and features, it has never been safer to travel in a car. Something that can’t be said for the following vehicles.
Although the DeLorean is best known for its role in the Back to the Future films, it also has a reputation for being an incredibly dangerous vehicle. The unique design of the car along with the distinctive gull-wing doors meant that in a crash they could easily become jammed. This matter was complicated by there being no safety-release on the door and the small windows, making it difficult for anyone trapped inside to escape.
Although the Ford Mustang has no real design flaw that leads directly to crashes or road accidents, it is still statistically one of the most dangerous cars in the world. Reports indicate that collisions and deaths involving the Mustang are four times as frequent as with the average car. The most plausible explanation is that the car is relatively cheap compared to its power and speed, meaning that inexperienced drivers can pick up one while still young. These drivers are far more likely to lose control at high speed, leading to deadly accidents.
Sold all around the world, the Hyundai Pony grew in popularity thanks to its cheap price compared to similar vehicles on the market. It was particularly popular in Canada, with more than 50,000 cars sold in just two years from 1984 to 1985. As it was the first mass-produced car to come out of South Korea, it had a number of issues that made accidents far more likely, with the main problem being the cheap raw materials that had been used to construct the chassis and body that offered little protection in a crash.