Quiz: Test Your Knowledge: Dangerous Cars Quiz
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Test Your Knowledge: Dangerous Cars Quiz
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

When you think of a dangerous car, are you thinking the General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazard?" or maybe you imagine sitting behind "Knight Riders" Kitt? Well, we're not talking fantasy-land TV here. We're talking about real cars and real dangers. Yep, these are cars that have had a history of bad behavior from poor designs to cost-savings at the risk of safety and also, plain old engineering mistakes.

In fact, if you first learned to drive before the 1970s, you more than likely were well aware of the injuries and deaths that were produced from these vehicles, if you weren't a victim yourself. Engineering safety and safety regulations have come a long way, but only in the last couple decades that behavior became the primary concern on the road. Before that, well... imagine if your car just caught on fire. Do you know which 1970s Ford was notorious for catching on fire? Or, do you know why Jeep Wranglers had infamously poor side-impact ratings?

You might think that dangerous cars are a thing of the past, but how about the Toyota Yaris and its high number of injury claims or even the popular Ford Mustang, which is still considered one of the most dangerous cars on the road? From driver behavior to just poor design, some cars are inherently more dangerous than others.

So, chug a cup of coffee, adjust your mirrors, look both ways and take this quiz to find out how much you know about the most dangerous cars on the road.

1 of 30
Which 1970s-era Ford car was notorious for catching fire?
2 of 30
Why did many Detroit car makers cut back on costs, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s?
3 of 30
Which car became infamous partly for drivers being impaled by the steering column during accidents?
4 of 30
How much, per car, would it have cost Ford to fix the gas tank problem that plagued the Pinto?
5 of 30
What amount did a jury award the plaintiff who sued Ford for the Pinto fiasco?
6 of 30
If you owned an early 1960s Chevrolet Corvair, you had to be careful to do what?
7 of 30
Why are Ford Mustangs considered one of the more dangerous vehicles on the road?
8 of 30
In the 2009-11 Toyota Yaris, why did the car have the highest number of personal injury claims?
9 of 30
Why do many Jeep Wranglers receive poor crash ratings, particularly in side impact tests?
10 of 30
How many cars were affected by a GM ignition switch defect?
11 of 30
Which GM model became publicly associated with the ignition switch debacle?
12 of 30
Which consumer safety advocate helped push car manufacturers to make safer products starting in the 1960s?
13 of 30
14 of 30
How did Porsche's engineers first attempt to address the oversteer problem of early 912s?
15 of 30
Which 1960s car was made from Duraplast?
16 of 30
Which problem caused huge problems for the Pontiac Fiero?
17 of 30
How many fatalities occurred due to the Pontiac Fiero engine fires?
18 of 30
In an accident, what was a dangerous aspect of the Bricklin SV-1?
19 of 30
If you want better safety in crashes, you're better off driving a new car than an old one.
20 of 30
Which vehicle had the greatest number of fatalities from 2009-12 (per million registered vehicle years)?
21 of 30
What safety feature did Ford refuse to include on some early Model T cars?
22 of 30
What material comprised the frame of the DeLorean DMC-12?
23 of 30
Which vehicle was equipped with Firestone tires that abruptly failed and led to many fatal rollover crashes?
24 of 30
Which 1980s Suzuki model was called a rollover hazard by Consumer Reports?
25 of 30
What was the ultimate consequence of the Consumer Reports damning story on the Suzuki Samurai?
26 of 30
In addition to the hard-to-open gullwing doors, what else made the DeLorean DMC-12 dangerous in a rollover accident?
27 of 30
In one 1990 report, how many people were dying per year due to rollovers in the Ford Bronco?
28 of 30
Compared to the Suzuki Samurai, what was the rollover fatality rate of the Ford Bronco?
29 of 30
Of all deaths that occurred in the 1980s Ford Broncos, what percentage happened during rollover accidents?
30 of 30
Why did a misprint in the Pontiac Fiero's manual lead to some engine fires?
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