15 Dangerous Cars And Trucks Under 10 Years Old

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Everybody knows the Ford Pinto was one of the most dangerous cars ever made. Yet, there are still a few left out there on the road. Despite massive recalls and tweaked engineering, 2014 was the worst year ever for safety across the auto industry. But, what about cars and trucks from 5 to 10 years ago (or even longer?) Here’s a reminder to keep an eye out for these 15 models which should have been fixed by now. We hope…

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Buick Rendezvous

Red Flags: Awful stability and poor handling for drivers. And, 3rd row seats caused 50% more fatalities for passengers in rear end collisions.
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Toyota Yaris

Red Flags: Poor handling, causing excessive rear fishtailing. Poor performance in side crash tests.
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Mazda B-Series

Red Flags: No side airbag or stability control options. Poor rollover performance.
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Hyundai Accent

Red Flags: Poor ratings in both side impact and rear impact crashes. (Black Flag: Industry insiders called it the Hyundai “Accident” waiting to happen.)
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Nissan Frontier

Red Flags: Poor rear AND frontal crash test ratings. No stability controls in the standard model. Poor rollover rate.
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Pontiac Vibe

Red Flags: No standard side airbags. Fair ratings in side and rear impacts.
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Mercury Mariner

Red Flags: No driver torso and head protection in side impact crashes. Lack of stability and control. Poor rollover rating.
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Kia Rio

Red Flags: “Appalling” ratings in both side and rear impacts. Even WITH standard side airbags.
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Suzuki Reno

Red Flags: No standard side airbags or stability control. Poor side impact rating.
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Ford Focus

Red Flags: A poor side impact rating with a warning for “high likelihood of head trauma.” Side airbags and stability control weren’t available at all on pre-2008 models.
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Jeep Liberty

Red Flags: Less than average rollover rating. A poor rating in rear impact and a “Marginal” rating in frontal impact. Came with a warning of “significantly higher chance of injuries if an accident occurs.”
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Saturn ION

Red Flags: A “Poor” rating in side impact crashes, along with a “Fair” side impact rating for front occupants. Head-protective side-curtain airbags were optional prior to 2010. Stability control was not.
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Chevy Cobalt

Red Flags: A “Poor” evaluation in side impacts, and a “higher-than-average likelihood of serious head trauma.” Front and side airbags were optional prior to 2009, but stability control was not available.
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Dodge Durango

Red Flags: Rated “Acceptable” (huh?) in frontal and rear impact crashes. Prior to 2009 there was no available stability control. Side airbags and side curtain bags were optional.
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Finally, A Warning…

Red Flags: The Ford Pinto and AMC Gremlin reignited the “unsafe at any speed” debate in the 1970s, sparking significant advances in safety over the next 30 years. But, since 2005, it looks like it’s back to business as usual… Buyer Beware!
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