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10 Most Terrifying Vehicle Manufacturing Defects


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Ignition Ignites Fords
Faulty ignitions were installed in nearly 8 million Ford vehicles built between 1988 and 1993. fdecomite, Used Under CC BY 2.0 License
Faulty ignitions were installed in nearly 8 million Ford vehicles built between 1988 and 1993. fdecomite, Used Under CC BY 2.0 License

You're in your house, in your bed, sleeping soundly. Your Ford vehicle is in your garage, doing the same, resting peacefully in park. Until the demon-possessed ignition in your car starts itself up, shorts out the electrical system and melts the steering column. If you were lucky, this is what you found the next morning when you headed out to the garage to leave for work. If you weren't lucky, your house had burned down. For real. Ford put this ignition into 7.9 million vehicles built between 1988 and 1993, and then didn't recall them all until 1996. Amazingly, despite the lag time, no one died from this particular defect.


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