Ford Bronco: Then and Now

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Safety Issues
Restyled in 1989, the Bronco II matched the updated looks of the Ranger pickup, but sales of the smaller Bronco would end the following year when it was ultimately replaced by the new Explorer. Some say that the Bronco II’s stability issues — especially rear-wheel-drive versions — was one of the reasons it did not continue. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the fatality rate in Bronco II rollover accidents was three times higher than that of the notorious Suzuki Samurai, resulting in dozens of lawsuits against Ford.

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