• Apr 3, 2008
News is just now surfacing that comedian Jerry Seinfeld flipped his 1967 Fiat BTM on Saturday in New York when the classic car's brakes failed. The funny man surely wasn't laughing when the brake pedal stopped responding, so he swerved to avoid the heavily trafficked Montauk Highway, causing the car to flip and come to stop before the intersection. Police credit Seinfeld with avoiding a very serious accident thanks to his split-second decision, and the ever joking ex-TV star said this about the accident:
"Because I know there are kids out there, I want to make sure they all know that driving without braking is not something I recommend, unless you have professional clown training or a comedy background, as I do. It is not something I plan to make a habit of."

We're not quite sure why news of Seinfeld's traffic mishap sat around on some news reporter's desk for four days until it blew up. He flipped the Fiat on Saturday and suddenly news of his near death experience is everywhere on Wednesday. Oh well, we should just be pleased that one of our country's national treasures is safe.

[Source: CBS47TV, Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      My brother owns a Fiat, a friend of his owns one too. I assumed from their experience they were made for people who love working on cars. But does this mean Fiats don't have emergency brakes? Now I'm worried.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Err, Yeah right. I loved Seinfeld's stand up act. On the show "Seinfeld" he was quite a bore. The cast was excellent and carried him for the most part.

      Yes, I might consider the show that bears his name national "Pop-Culture" treasure. He however is not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agree with oak. If you watch curb your enthusiasm, it's evident that larry david was the brains behind seinfeld.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad this unfunny jerk is still breathing. Well maybe next time!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great, here come all the moronic Fiat jokes. Just remember, they're taking over one of the ex-Big Threes factories and building their internationally sought after products here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the only 1967 Fiat Jerry owned was a 500...

      http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/fiat500canada/img/jim.jpg

      that thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ew, "Seinfeld" and "national treasure" should never even be in the same room, let alone the same sentence.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought they were referring to the Classic Fiat...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You just did.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well played, Peter Rockwell, well played
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's the deal with old cars and comedians? For Pete's sake, leave the classic cars in the garage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 Guenther.

        A car that doesn't drive is dead. While I love seeing classics in a museum, it's like visiting a graveyard. The engineers spent too much time designing round tires to let a car sit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you leave 'em in the garage, you might as well get rid of 'em. Cars are meant to be driven.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm glad you walked away unhurt. I know you read Autoblog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      national treasure?

      If by national treasure you mean most overrated comic in the history of comedy, then yes.. he's a national treasure.

      DAVE
      • 6 Years Ago
      FIAT: Nothing rusts like a Fiat! I have seen rusty fiats in the high desert areas of California. I betcha it was a rusty brake line!!
      BTW, It was a Fiat 500 see him driving it (no more) in East Hampton, NY. Real Nice guy.
      Joshua
      • 6 Years Ago
      i guess he doesnt know how to use an emergency brake? or does the car not have one?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn it, foiled again!!

      *sulks back into lair and plans next attack on Seinfield*
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