Long before Ford Motor Company introduced the Bronco II as the mini-me version of the Bronco, the Dearborn-based automaker was aware of potential rollover problems. The durability index is considerably lower than the Chevrolet S-10 and slightly lower than the Jeep CJ-7, so low that FoMoCo quietly dropped some tricks from the testing program.
The 2WD Bronco II was the worst offender, with Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Aware of 3.78 rollover deaths per 10,000 vehicles between 1986 and 1990 compared to 1.74 4WD Only 1.11 for Bronco II and Suzuki Samurai. As luck would have it, the Bronco is still with us today, where Suzuki had to pull out of the US after a product defamation lawsuit vs. Consumer Reports.
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