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Top 5 Scariest Car Defects of All Time

Perfection is something we strive for, but seldom achieve. The same is true for automobile manufacturers. Manufacturers will knowingly put out vehicles with defective parts just to meet deadlines. Below are what I believe to be the top five scariest defects.

1. Ford Pinto

In the 1970s, Ford was sued for defects in the Pinto’s fuel system, which could cause the car to catch fire in a rear-end collision. The case ultimately resulted in a recall of millions of vehicles and a large settlement for affected consumers.

2. Toyota: Unintended Acceleration

In 2009-2010, Toyota was hit with a series of lawsuits over unintended acceleration in several of its models. These class-action lawsuits alleged that Toyota knew about the defect but failed to fix it, leading to accidents and injuries.

3. GM: Ignition Switch

In 2014, General Motors (GM) was hit with a class-action lawsuit over defective ignition switches in several of its models, which could cause the engine to stall and prevent the deployment of airbags in a crash. The defect was linked to over 100 deaths and led to a massive recall and settlement for affected consumers.

4. Volkswagen: Diesel Emissions

In 2015, Volkswagen (VW) was hit with a class-action lawsuit over the use of software that allowed its diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. The case resulted in billions of dollars in fines and settlements for affected consumers.

5. Takata Airbag

In 2017, several car manufacturers including Honda, Toyota, and BMW were hit with a class-action lawsuit over defective airbags made by the Takata Corporation. The airbags were found to have the potential to rupture and cause injury or death during a crash, leading to a massive recall and settlement for affected consumers.


Contrary to what you may believe, manufacturers do not always have the consumers’ best interest in mind. At the end of the day they are multi-billion dollar corporations that ultimately have their bottom line in mind.If you were sold a defective vehicle, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help you get what you deserve under the law.

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