Toyota Yaris

According to industry experts, 2014 was the year of the recall with 550 recalls affecting more than 52 million vehicles. From airbag manufacturing problems to ignition failures, the automotive industry has truly suffered through 2014, though mostly as a consequence of its own greed. General Motors (GM) alone recalled more than 26 million cars in 2014 and while many fault the company for not issuing recalls sooner, at least part of the reason that 2014 had so many recalls is because manufacturers are being more proactive and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is being more aggressive.

In the past, buying a Toyota meant buying a quality car that you could drive for 200,000 miles and never think about. Today, purchasing a car isn’t so simple because no single manufacturer has a monopoly on safety and parts sharing has become common. Manufacturing quality is important, however, because flaws in the process can lead to serious accidents when components fail. Here are three cars that are particularly prone to accidents.

Toyota Yaris

Believe it or not, the Toyota Yaris is the most accident-prone car on the road today with 28.5 claims for every 1,000 vehicles on the road. This is a value that is roughly twice the average for accident claims for vehicles in this class (the class of compact cars is already an accident-prone category). Buying a Yaris is like picking the worst from a group already guaranteed to be problematic. Regardless of what it offers in terms of affordability, the Yaris is not worth purchasing. The risk of serious injury in a Yaris is simply too high as a result of poor handling due to the car’s size as well as steering problems. Add to the previous points the fact that the Yaris is well-known for its peeling paint and you have a car that just doesn’t live up to the Toyota name.

Chevrolet Aveo

The Aveo ranks high on accident report lists as a result of failed ignitions and general handling issues. Like the Yaris, the Aveo is a small car and so it is prone to problems from wind, ice, and even other vehicles. Though the Aveo does well in crash tests, earning a rating of “acceptable” from the IIHS (International Institute for Highway Safety), it is important to know that the tests only assume collisions with vehicles of similar size. The Aveo is one of the smallest cars on the road, so most accidents won’t be with “vehicles of similar size,” but with substantially larger vehicles.

Dodge Ram

Lest you think that only small cars are prone to accidents, consider that more than half of all accidents in some states involve light trucks (note that this classification involves minivans and SUVs in some cases) and that most fatal accidents involve standard pickup trucks. The biggest problem with these vehicles is that they roll over. Among major manufacturers, Dodge and Chevrolet are the most prone to rollovers. Ford, Honda, and Toyota are least likely to roll over while Nissan is moderately likely to roll over. If you are thinking of purchasing a light truck, consider the risk of rollovers so that you don’t have to make a truck injury claim or call an accident lawyer.

Do Your Homework

When it comes time to buy a new or used vehicle, you should research maintenance costs and safety. Ratings in these two categories are crucial to making a good decision about a car or truck that will provide you years of safe, reliable service. Check both NHTSA and the IIHS for information about safety, recalls, and crash ratings. Also, if you can avoid driving in Boston, Massachusetts, you’d do well to steer clear of the city. According to Allstate, Boston drivers have a collision once every 4.3 years, which is well above the national average of once every 14.2 years. Yikes!