Top 10 Worst Crash Tests

While some concerning things have been happening in the automotive industry, good developments are occurring too – and a lot of those are occurring in the area of automotive safety. It is no doubt that the overall safety of our cars is much higher than ever before.

Anti-lock brake systems, traction control, electronic stability control – those are are just a few of the ubiquitous systems that help to prevent accidents from happening.

Other life-saving features like side airbags, curtain airbags and crumple zones come into action when an accident happens. Combined, they are working to reduce fatalities. This is why our roads are getting safer, and why even though more people are on the road and traveling in longer distances, fatalities are being reduced. In fact, last year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 33,963 automotive traffic fatalities, the lowest amount since 1954, with the percentage down by 8.9 percent compared to 2008.

However, there are some anomalies in the overall progression of safety – and they include recent and popular vehicles. That is why we saw fit to compile this Top 10 list of some of the worst offenders.

We went for vehicles within a 20 year time frame from 2010, and limited it to vehicles sold in the United States market. They were included based on visual damage and low overall rating. The good news is that not many cars we saw performed as poorly as these ones below. Check them all below, and let us know in the comments if you think there are any we missed or included unfairly.

1995-1999 Dodge Neon

1997-2005 Pontiac Trans Sport/Montana, 1997-2005 Chevrolet Venture, 1997-2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette

1997-2003 Ford F-150

1994-1997 Toyota Previa

1999-2005 Hyundai Sonata:

2001-2006 Hyundai Elantra

1998 Hyundai Accent

1995 -2004 Chevrolet Blazer/GMC Jimmy

1998-2003 Chevrolet S-10/1998-2003 GMC Sonoma/1998-2000 Isuzu Hombre:

1996-1997 Isuzu Rodeo/Honda Passport/Opel Frontera:

Tony Pimpo

Tony Pimpo

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.
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  • Aaron

    you missed a really big one…. 1995 – 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, or as it's known in the Forensics industry, the Cadavalier.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuQta-Ftwy8

    • http://www.automoblog.net/ Chris Burdick

      whoa!

  • Rob S

    Holy Crap! My parents owned a 97 Dodge Neon until I drove it into the side of a truck and now they own a 2000 Chevy Venture. I guess I came out lucky. Wow.

  • Steve

    US- cars are so unsafe?! Why? Didn´t they learn from the germans or french?

    • ZAch

      the reason why they are unsafe is because American car manufacturers don't have n y money because of the japs and french

  • Lol

    Lol, everyone here has those little cheap crappy Hyundai Accents, never really sure why. Once I was in the car and a Subaru crashed into one. It was NOT pretty.

  • Sotos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlDS8SMWTf8

    Fiat Seicento. 1.5 star rating at first crash test, and fell back to 1 star after the side-crash test