This is the guy formally known as WheresRick. I cant get back onto my old account so now I am back as WhoSaidRick.
Recently I seen a crash involving a mid 80’s chevy c/k pickup, it was a left front collision, no one appeared to be seriously hurt. That being said It got me to thinking about the side saddle fuel tanks on those trucks which were a huge news story in the 90s after anywhere from 150 to 1800 people were killed or maimed by the fuel tank exploding after a side collision which ruptured the poorly placed fuel tank.
I did research and the trucks were designed starting in 1968 and it was dictated that the fuel tank was to be moved from the cab of the truck to outside the truck as close to the center as possible.
GM management wanted to boost sales by being able to advertise a large fuel capacity which was only possible by mounting a 5ft long “side saddle” fuel tank on the outside frame rails of the truck. You could get 2 tanks for a total of 40 gallons of capacity.
As we know this poor design has caused many families pain and grief, sometimes burning people in both vehicles involved in the collision.
This stands out as one of the most notable poor safety designs ever because many of the trucks are still on the road, I see several most days in my redneck of the woods. Now I know they are not as numerous as the once were but the design has been bombing down our roads since 1973.
Thats 43 years all of us have been in danger from the poor design!
I know theres a similar concern with the pinto, but I have only seen one pinto (Bobcat Actually) on the roads in the past year.
Any other notable design defects? Any you think are worse?