10 Most Terrifying Vehicle Manufacturing Defects

GM Steers You Wrong
1981 Chevrolet Malibu Katherine Tompkins, Used Under CC BY 2.0 License

You don't have to drive for very long before you lose control of the car for the first time. Whether it's sliding across ice or hydroplaning on the highway like a one-ton jet ski, it's like an out of body experience. You can't steer the car; you just have to hold on and hope for traction, which you generally find pretty quickly. That is, unless the out-of-control situation is caused by a suspension bolt coming loose and disabling the steering column. Traction isn't going to save you in that case; you just have to hope for a soft landing. In 1981, GM recalled 5.8 million cars with this issue.