I saw this rather hilarious Top Gear video on the Reliant Robin, a 3-wheeled car that seems to spend more time rolled over on its side than it does upright. It appears to me to be the biggest deathtrap vehicle to ever go into production. And according to the video, it became popular among teens because it didn’t require a – regular?? – driver’s license, which made it doubly dangerous.
Yet it’s still on the road, at least the ones that have survived. Of course this is in the UK, and I would hope auto standards have gotten good enough today so it would never even be produced. There’s at least one of these things tooling around in the US, as shown in this parody video. Even as a joke, it’s a real car driving in NYC.
Is there any precedent in the US for just declaring some model of car to be so unsafe that it’s outright banned from public roads? Is it even possible by law?