50 Cases Of Poor Design That Are Disasters Waiting To Happen

Design is meant to eliminate problems. To make our lives easier. However, that’s not always the case. Even though safety should be a key component when making any type of product, sometimes it falls out of the manufacturing equation and the consumer gets a hazard instead. And something to submit to the subreddit r/DangerousDesigns.

Created in 2014, this online community now has over 140K members, constantly sharing pics of exactly what its name suggests. Whether it’s a questionable architectural solution or misleading packaging, over the years they’ve amassed quite the collection! Continue scrolling and check out some of the most popular posts on the subreddit.#1 

Cursed_airbag

Cursed_airbag

Tyhg1231_YT Report320POST

Jo Johannsen16 hours ago

Man, if the airbag deploys, she’s gonna be hamburger!146ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

Was Looking For A Budget Mattress When I Saw This…

Was Looking For A Budget Mattress When I Saw This...

SeeSeaSerene Report271POST

Jo Johannsen16 hours ago

1. Shouldn’t have used fiberglass filler, and 2. State on the label WHY you shouldn’t remove the cover.136ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

One of the subreddit’s moderators told Bored Panda they would describe it as “light-hearted.”

“Dangerous staircase designs are by far our biggest collection of content, so much so that I’ve had to make a rule so they can only be posted once per week,” the person who chose to remain anonymous said.

“Being a non-specific image subreddit, I wouldn’t say there’s much of a ‘community’ in the traditional sense,” they explained. “However, there are plenty of users who are dedicated to helping me and the other mods manage this subreddit and keep it off a higher quality than most subreddit with over 100K subscribers.”#3 

Similar Design, One Can Kill And One Tastes Good

Similar Design, One Can Kill And One Tastes Good

67tap Report262POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Knowing me I’d ignore them both and accidentally drink something else…61ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#4 

Guess It’s Back To Good Ol’ Drunk Driving

Guess It’s Back To Good Ol’ Drunk Driving

mckenziedenisee Report259POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

But… What do you do if your drunk then???82ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

According to the law firm Carr & Carr, many products can be dangerous if the consumers dismiss their warnings and use the items incorrectly. Just consider the cleaning products available at your grocery store or the power tools you use for lawn maintenance.

“[But] when it comes to product liability lawsuits in which consumers seek compensation for harm caused by a particular product, one of the key factors is proving whether the product in question is unreasonably dangerous,” Carr & Carr write on their website.

“Since there’s no way to anticipate every way in which a consumer might interact with a product, it’s impossible to design and manufacture a product that is entirely free from risk. However, consumers have a right to expect that a given product is safe when used as directed for its intended purpose,” Carr & Carr explain.#5 

Hmm?

Hmm?

awakening137 Report242POST

Johanna16 hours ago

This is so unpractical! Such a waste of space!90ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

May Have Been Posted Before But This Is Pure Insanity

May Have Been Posted Before But This Is Pure Insanity

Timmymac1000 Report241POST

Aeon Flux16 hours ago

Wow, cynical, menacing, and impractical all in one!122ReplyView more comments

An unreasonably dangerous product is one that poses greater risks than an ordinary user might reasonably expect when using the product as intended. “This definition makes a distinction between products that are dangerous—such as drain cleaners or chainsaws—and those that pose threats beyond their intended purpose.”

“In general, drain cleaners and chainsaws are not unreasonably dangerous because most come with detailed instructions for proper use and warnings about their risks. The unreasonable danger in product liability cases is characterized by a flaw in the product’s design, manufacture or marketing,” Carr & Carr note.#7 

Branding Is Everything

Branding Is Everything

sfxnesh476 Report223POST

Jo Johannsen16 hours ago

And the tagline… 72ReplyView more comments#8 

Almost Did It, Too

Almost Did It, Too

Adecker100 Report219POST

Sum Guy16 hours ago

Some people just want to see the world burn108ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

Staircase Beautified With Loose Boulders And A Broken Pelvis

Staircase Beautified With Loose Boulders And A Broken Pelvis

SteveCalloway Report215POST

the child16 hours ago

Ouch!42ReplyView more comments#10 

We’ll See

We’ll See

Kombatgirl Report212POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Fuking nasty105ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

Almost Pulled A Michael Scott While Delivering Groceries Today 

Almost Pulled A Michael Scott While Delivering Groceries Today

Samxvalle Report209POST

Johanna16 hours ago

This is somewhat cool.201ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

This Hair Bleach…

This Hair Bleach...

Antoan565 Report208POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

WHY122ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#13 

Couldn’t Get A Good Seat? Risk Your Life Trying To Watch The Game!

Couldn’t Get A Good Seat? Risk Your Life Trying To Watch The Game!

tdalbert Report201POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Noooo61ReplyView more comments#14 

Children’s Playground In 1912

Children’s Playground In 1912

robabl Report200POST

Lilly Rose Poppy16 hours ago

OMG THERE IS A KID FALLING IN THE LEFT! HOLY CRAP!122ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

I Love My Country, But Sometimes…

I Love My Country, But Sometimes...

404_GravitasNotFound Report196POST

Jo Johannsen16 hours ago

**zzzt**62ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#16 

Bruh

Bruh

abyigit Report192POST

Sum Guy16 hours ago

I don’t see a problem here… this is perfect, if you can’t get into and out of the garage, you don’t deserve to drive36ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

Seems Legit…

Seems Legit...

Phrastou Report192POST

Samantha PandaNotBored15 hours ago

Please don’t tell me, that’s people there ready to use it 56ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

This 1930s Design Let You Hang Your Baby Over The Side Of A Building In A Cage

This 1930s Design Let You Hang Your Baby Over The Side Of A Building In A Cage

Honeyontoast123 Report189POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Oh yes genius66ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

This 1955 Device For Smoking A Whole Packet Of Cigarettes At Once

This 1955 Device For Smoking A Whole Packet Of Cigarettes At Once

Nightstar95 Report187POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

wHY-93ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

Sorry, Wheelchair Users!

Sorry, Wheelchair Users!

dancingpianofairy Report178POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Looks like something kids would play on69ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

I Mean The Potential Is There

I Mean The Potential Is There

Wafflestompingpro Report175POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Oh33ReplyView more comments#22 

Warning Label Inside A Helmet I Received When We Rented 4-Wheelers

Warning Label Inside A Helmet I Received When We Rented 4-Wheelers

jswa8 Report171POST

Sum Guy16 hours ago

Report the renters120ReplyView more comments#23 

Every Chair In This Resort Fits Through The Deck, And The Majority Of People Who Stay Here Are Seniors

Every Chair In This Resort Fits Through The Deck, And The Majority Of People Who Stay Here Are Seniors

emugamer222 Report165POST

Jo Johannsen16 hours ago

Instead of Whack-A-Mole, we play Dump-A-Senior.166ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

In The 1930s You Could Buy Artificial Snow Made Out Of 100% Asbestos

In The 1930s You Could Buy Artificial Snow Made Out Of 100% Asbestos

philms Report163POST

Sum Guy16 hours ago

Humans didn’t know better back then… asbestos was the perfect material. It didn’t burn87ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

The Cannonball Loop Waterslide, A Slide So Dangerous It Was Shutdown Almost Immediately After Opening

The Cannonball Loop Waterslide, A Slide So Dangerous It Was Shutdown Almost Immediately After Opening

metricrules Report162POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Not surprised63ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#26 

Step Out Of A Bathtub Down A Flight Of Stairs, Anyone?

Step Out Of A Bathtub Down A Flight Of Stairs, Anyone?

TheLoneGinger9 Report161POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Seen quite a few if these sadly42ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

This Architect Accidentally Built A Death Ray That Melts Cars And Fries Eggs… Again

This Architect Accidentally Built A Death Ray That Melts Cars And Fries Eggs... Again

badsalad Report160POST

Mazer16 hours ago

Quick macular degeneration34ReplyView more comments#28 

This Will Probably Work Out Just Fine For Bicycles…

This Will Probably Work Out Just Fine For Bicycles...

Oskar2705 Report157POST

Mazer16 hours ago

Evil or genius, depending on the curtesy of the bike rider32ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

Poor Guy

Poor Guy

GinormousNut Report153POST

Sum Guy16 hours ago

Now I’m worried about all the buildings I’ve been in… is this something that is in every building?57ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

Get A Bone Broken Every Time You Slide Down

Get A Bone Broken Every Time You Slide Down

GrantScib Report145POST

Jo Johannsen16 hours ago

Unless some poor kid is walking underneath.66ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#31 

Leaving Your Child In The Car Here

Leaving Your Child In The Car Here

Molle2804 Report143POST

Anne Marieke Fransen16 hours ago

I really love domotica 🙂11ReplyView more comments#32 

Food Aid Packages And Cluster Bombs, Both Dropped On Afghanistan In 2001

Food Aid Packages And Cluster Bombs, Both Dropped On Afghanistan In 2001

Chamale Report142POST

Aski Markup16 hours ago

Sick f***s. Cluster bombs are one of the most disgusting things used and they used them. On civilians without a care in the world.119ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

On The Floor Of Doctor’s Office. If You Trip On It, You’re In The Right Place

On The Floor Of Doctor's Office. If You Trip On It, You're In The Right Place

saya_doge Report137POST

Dorothy Parker16 hours ago(edited)

I’d love it mixed in with plants where people don’t step.81ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#34 

Dear God…

Dear God...

diabirdfrance Report134POST

Jyri Hakola16 hours ago

Good ol Kai Tak approach42ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#35 

That Would Explain Why My Ankle Hurts

That Would Explain Why My Ankle Hurts

SpawnerMaster04 Report133POST

Jo Johannsen16 hours ago

Not for use as object it appears to be is apparently a trend in China-manufactured goods?74ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#36 

It’s Fine, Nothing To Worry About

It’s Fine, Nothing To Worry About

The-Doulingo-Owl Report132POST

Lekha16 hours ago

Why though36ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#37 

Not Sure If Its Dangerous But I Think It Is

Not Sure If Its Dangerous But I Think It Is

Isaac007USA Report132POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Hmm i mean if you insist44ReplyView more comments#38 

This Bike Track In Zagreb, Croatia

This Bike Track In Zagreb, Croatia

Roko911 Report130POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

For… Jumps?41ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#39 

That’s How I Broke My Leg

That's How I Broke My Leg

Dis-Man-8 Report129POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

I think that would Break me as well31ReplyView more comments#40 

It Looks Nice Sure, But I Didn’t Even Know That Was A Real Extinguisher

It Looks Nice Sure, But I Didn’t Even Know That Was A Real Extinguisher

ScrigglesBlaze Report129POST

Demi Zwaan13 hours ago

Yeah, totally illegal. Fire extinguisher are never allowed to be part of the decor, they need to stand out, however ugly that is.95ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#41 

Dangerous-Design

Dangerous-Design

Baylee_Jae Report125POST

Lilly Rose Poppy16 hours ago

Maybe it’s a freckle but you can see the little dot on her hand66ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#42 

Time For A Nice Refreshing Drink Of… Oh

Time For A Nice Refreshing Drink Of... Oh

zekkybrick Report120POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

DONT DRINK IT29ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#43 

You Cant Quite See But Right Above It There Is A Wall

You Cant Quite See But Right Above It There Is A Wall

Isaac007USA Report118POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

For kids with dwarfism only35ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#44 

Does This Count

Does This Count

jakop2 Report118POST

Kirsten Kerkhof16 hours ago

It’s like one of those annoying clicker balls that are in every office. Only this one doesn’t click, just scream.99ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#45 

Not A Fan Of That Projector

Not A Fan Of That Projector

IN4CIO2007 Report115POST

Sum Guy16 hours ago

What came first, the fan or the projector65ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#46 

I Love The New No Stop Exit They Put Up At Our Corner Gas Station, You Don’t Even Have To Stop To Exit

I Love The New No Stop Exit They Put Up At Our Corner Gas Station, You Don't Even Have To Stop To Exit

bluesqueblack Report111POST

Everything AGR12 hours ago

makes perfect sense…15ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#47 

Go Ahead, Spend The Taxpayers’ Dollars On A “Decorative Circle” In The Middle Of An Intersection. What Could Go Wrong?

Go Ahead, Spend The Taxpayers’ Dollars On A “Decorative Circle” In The Middle Of An Intersection. What Could Go Wrong?

Ohmbatek Report107POST

James01615 hours ago

Well done genius. Great job29ReplyView more comments#48 

God Forbid You Have A Baby Or A Little Dog

God Forbid You Have A Baby Or A Little Dog

NeogeneRiot Report100POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Or me for that matter…56ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#49 

This Warm Tent

This Warm Tent

notgoingnow Report98POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Oh how brilliant, no flaws here57ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#50 

This Train Track

This Train Track

AH50 Report94POST

Iron ass16 hours ago

Please tell me it’s not operational66ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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Rokas is a writer at Bored Panda with a BA in Communication. After working for a sculptor, he fell in love with visual storytelling and enjoys covering everything from TV shows (any Sopranos fans out there?) to photography. Throughout his years in Bored Panda, over 235 million people have read the posts he’s written, which is probably more than he could count to. Read more »

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