Was sitting at a stoplight earlier today. Kid in a 2nd-gen Eclipse with a ridiculously giant Cessnas-are-jealous wing, racing stripes, body kit, fart-can exhaust, and crappy HID conversion kit revved up behind me one lane over, getting ready to turn onto a 55mph highway. He hit the brakes for the light, and his passenger front wheel collapsed. Broken ball joint.
When the wheel folded up, his car slammed down on the body kit, tearing the side skirt off the car, beating hell out of his bumper, and it looked like the fender got munched as well, though as bad as the rest of the car looked, that might have already been there. So now he gets to repair his ball joint and has expensive body repairs to do as well, plus whatever other damage the collapse might have done that I couldn’t see.
If I had to guess, he spent all his money on the dopey cosmetic “upgrades” and neglected basic maintenance. He’s lucky it let go at a stoplight when he was doing around 5mph. 30 seconds later he’d have been going 55 heading for another stoplight - that would have been fun.
Keep up on your maintenance and inspections, folks!