GM recalled 800k cars in 2014 for faulty ignitions. The cars would shut off while being driven which meant drivers lost power steering/brakes, and the airbags wouldn’t deploy. They knew about the problem since 2005 but never fixed it because it would be ‘too expensive’. 124 people died.
A man died while cleaning machinery with gasoline, which dripped onto a rat that was running across the floor. The rat’s gasoline-coated fur ignited when it ran beneath a heater with a pilot light, causing an explosion that killed the worker – a story of negligence now taught in law schools.
The Automotive Crash Injury Research Center uses corpses rather than dummies when crash-testing cars.
Before 1956, troops of people went around detaching doors and smashing locks on abandoned refrigerators because refrigerator doors could only be opened with a latch from outside and children would often die after locking themselves inside during play.
There is a table saw that automatically stops in less 1/1000th of a second when it comes in contact with flesh, and the inventor was crazy enough to test it with his finger.
Cheerleaders are encouraged to wear shorter skirts for safety reasons as too much fabric can be dangerous while tumbling.
When Barack Obama visited India, all the coconuts in the trees surrounding one of his destinations were removed, just in case.
Cops “mark” your drivers side tail light or trunk with their fingerprints when they pull you over, just in case something goes bad for them.
Every North Korean household and business is outfitted with a government-controlled radio that cannot be turned off, only turned down.
Switzerland is the only country in the world that requires all of its citizens to have 24/7 access to a bunker.