Cars are made to make getting from one destination to another faster and more convenient. It can also make traveling safer and even more in style. However, there are car models that become otherwise – some vehicles have become deadly. These automobiles were produced in immensely large quantities and at a time where automotive fatality records are so high.
Determining all vehicle models that can be considered the deadliest as well as the number of people who have died due to these cars can be an impossible task because there are just so many. Thankfully, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides the best data publicly available. Here are some of the fatal rides of all time:
Number of deaths: 5.2 per 10,000 cars registered
Ever since it was manufactured, it the Corvette had the highest rates of deaths. Records show that the most common reason for such fatal accidents involving this model is not some faulty engineering. But what’s such a coincidence is that 85 percent of the people who died driving a Chevrolet was male most of whom were under 30 years old in the 1980s.
Number of deaths: 3.2 per 10,000 cars registered
At one point in history, the single deadliest car you could buy in America was this model. The reason for this finding may not what you think it is. The GEO Tracker was affordable and quite a fun car to drive in, which made it immensely appealing to younger and rather reckless males. Aside from that, it was also relatively tall despite its short wheelbase.
The Golden Eagle
Number of deaths: between 14 and 46
Also known as the 1964 Dodge Coronet 330 Limited Edition, which was originally bought as a police car in Maine. Ever since it was introduced in the market, there had been numerous urban legends surrounding this vehicle, from a number of police officers that died of murder-suicide to vandals that met their fate at end of a tractor-trailer or being struck by lightning.