Test Your Knowledge: Dangerous Cars Quiz
by Staff
Everyone knows that driving can be hazardous, but some vehicles are far more treacherous than others. How much do you know about the history of dangerous cars?

Which 1970s-era Ford car was notorious for catching fire?

  • Fiesta
  • Mustang
  • Pinto

Why did many Detroit car makers cut back on costs, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s?

  • competition from foreign makers
  • rising fuel costs
  • demand was falling behind supply

Which car became infamous partly for drivers being impaled by the steering column during accidents?

  • Chevrolet Corvair
  • Yugo GV
  • Smart FourTwo

How much, per car, would it have cost Ford to fix the gas tank problem that plagued the Pinto?

  • about $5
  • about $11
  • about $19

What amount did a jury award the plaintiff who sued Ford for the Pinto fiasco?

  • $127 million
  • $82 million
  • $41 million

If you owned an early 1960s Chevrolet Corvair, you had to be careful to do what?

  • check for frayed wiring
  • to never spill gas when you were refueling
  • monitor tire pressure

Why are Ford Mustangs considered one of the more dangerous vehicles on the road?

  • terrible side impact ratings
  • poor crash ratings
  • inexperienced drivers

In the 2009-11 Toyota Yaris, why did the car have the highest number of personal injury claims?

  • It had virtually no protection in rollover accidents.
  • The wheels made it hard to steer.
  • Its small size was dangerous in crashes.

Why do many Jeep Wranglers receive poor crash ratings, particularly in side impact tests?

  • removable doors
  • hollow doors
  • poorly-designed doors

How many cars were affected by a GM ignition switch defect?

  • 3 million
  • 10 million
  • 30 million

Which GM model became publicly associated with the ignition switch debacle?

  • Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Pontiac Sunfire
  • Pontiac Aztek

Which consumer safety advocate helped push car manufacturers to make safer products starting in the 1960s?

  • Ralph Nader
  • Esther Peterson
  • Michael Pertshuk

What factor made early Porsche 911s very dangerous to drive?

  • the windshields exploded in sharp fragments
  • too much weight in the rear
  • too much weight in the front

How did Porsche's engineers first attempt to address the oversteer problem of early 912s?

  • new (and equally dangerous) tires
  • redesigned suspension
  • heavy weights in the front bumper

Which 1960s car was made from Duraplast?

  • Pinto
  • Yugo
  • Trabant

Which problem caused huge problems for the Pontiac Fiero?

  • engine fires
  • defective seatbelts
  • faulty tires

How many fatalities occurred due to the Pontiac Fiero engine fires?

  • zero
  • 14
  • 28

In an accident, what was a dangerous aspect of the Bricklin SV-1?

  • windows
  • doors
  • steering column

If you want better safety in crashes, you're better off driving a new car than an old one.

  • true
  • false
  • 0

Which vehicle had the greatest number of fatalities from 2009-12 (per million registered vehicle years)?

  • Chevrolet Aveo
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Kia Rio

What safety feature did Ford refuse to include on some early Model T cars?

  • roofs
  • headlights
  • front brakes

What material comprised the frame of the DeLorean DMC-12?

  • fiberglass
  • steel
  • aluminum

Which vehicle was equipped with Firestone tires that abruptly failed and led to many fatal rollover crashes?

  • Ford Explorer
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Dodge Ramcharger

Which 1980s Suzuki model was called a rollover hazard by Consumer Reports?

  • Sidekick
  • Samurai
  • Swift

What was the ultimate consequence of the Consumer Reports damning story on the Suzuki Samurai?

  • The company stopped selling cars in America.
  • There were numerous recalls.
  • The company went bankrupt.

In addition to the hard-to-open gullwing doors, what else made the DeLorean DMC-12 dangerous in a rollover accident?

  • electrical fires
  • fuel link leaks
  • the small windows

In one 1990 report, how many people were dying per year due to rollovers in the Ford Bronco?

  • 70
  • 140
  • 210

Compared to the Suzuki Samurai, what was the rollover fatality rate of the Ford Bronco?

  • about the same
  • twice as high
  • three times as high

Of all deaths that occurred in the 1980s Ford Broncos, what percentage happened during rollover accidents?

  • nearly 90 percent
  • nearly 70 percent
  • nearly 50 percent

Why did a misprint in the Pontiac Fiero's manual lead to some engine fires?

  • Owners never replaced the fuel filter.
  • Owners didn't use enough oil.
  • Owners used the wrong fuses.