• Feb 3, 2010
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart takes on the Toyotathon of Death – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Where there's funny to be found, you can count on Jon Stewart to find it. The much-loved host of news parody program The Daily Show has proven a knack for exposing the humorous side of whatever's happening in the news, and lately, well...that's been Toyota and its two recalls. So it was only a matter of time until his Comedy Central crew took a good-natured jab at the world's largest automaker in its most difficult time.

In the video after the jump, you'll find Stewart and his troop noting the overwhelming irony behind Toyota's unstoppable acceleration in the marketplace, the explosive flip-side of its superior gas mileage, company president Akio Toyoda's use of an Audi wagon in Switzerland, and, of course, what this means for Detroit's Big 3 automakers. Set aside five minutes, put a handful of Fritos in your mouth and watch the "Toyotathon of Death." Bonus: David Letterman also took a swing at Toyota on the Late Show. Watch both funnymen ply their craft at Toyota's expense after the jump.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL, did that guy say "competitors vehicle" and then say "Audi"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Watched both comedians and all the clips were VERY funny! I sincerely hope Toyota gets all this stuff solved. A bit of irony in Mister Toyoda getting into an Audi overseas: AUDI was the last manufacturer to have a big PR problem with unintended acceleration. Granted, that WAS way back in the '80s. Of course in the case of the Audi 5000, it was entirely all about inept drivers stepping on the wrong pedal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's hilarious

      but on a more serious note, how many people were maimed, killed in the U.S. due to this problem? anyone know?
        • 4 Years Ago
        20
        • 4 Years Ago
        No one knows: Some of recent fatalities have been suspicious and reportedly left no witnesses (the San Diego family, another family in Texas, individual drivers, etc). Other accidents are being litigated so it's not clear.

        "You can't stop the Camry. You can only hope to contain it..."
        • 4 Years Ago
        "TWO FEET ON THE BRAKE AND PUT IT IN NEUTRAL!!!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        to
      • 4 Years Ago
      i have owned a toyota camry and 2 dodge magnums after that.

      when it comes to quality, the camry was 10 times better, 10 times more reliable.


      sh!t happens and this is one of those, most oif us americans, lack the initiative to actually think, so we let the government and media think for us and its manifesting with this whole toyota issue.

      if a sticky pedal prevents you from stopping a car, give up your driver's license and ride a bicycle cos u are a tool.

      i'm driving my second dodge magnum now and if i had the cash today, i'll buy another one, not because the avalon is not a better car, only because i'm a car guy who loves rear wheel drive, loads of power and aftermarket support for my car.

      anyone of u here who calls ur self a car guy and then comes back and talk about unintended acceleration killing scores of people should go dig ur head in quick sand.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I HATE

      WHAT YOU

      DO TO ME

      TOYOTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you listen long enough to the GM/Ford homers/unionists on this blog, you would think every Toyota vehicle was a deathtrap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are potential death traps and Toyota has known about it for years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well not all

        just 80% or so
        • 4 Years Ago
        the ones that are not death traps are rust buckets ...so i've heard.
      TC
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is not the first car company to have a major recall and they certainly won't be the last. Many times the problem is not recognized until something happens. The risk of the accelerator getting stuck is very rare and stories that it "will" happen are hyped. However, even one casualty from a vehicles defect should send the company flipping to fix the problem. I really have to give it to ,Jim Lentz the U.S. manager for going out into the fire. He sure is doing a lot more than his boss, who is hiding out and driving another make. Lentz is having to do all the dirty work when Mr. Toyoda needs to come forward.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice show.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The current stat is that no one has been killed and 3 people have been injured. CLEARLY worth all the "Buy Duct Tape"-style government response.

      If you guys get angry at Toyota about this recall, don't be surprised if you see the government take a bigger role in controlling the automotive industry. They already make cars heavier and more expensive with all their regulatory nonsense- now you can expect it to get worse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ""The current stat is that no one has been killed and 3 people have been injured. CLEARLY worth all the "Buy Duct Tape"-style government response.""


        The best estimate for the death toll from Toyota unintended acceleration accidents in N. America since 2000 (as of today) is 19.

        From the U.S. House committee: "The committee said sudden unintended acceleration in all Toyota vehicles had resulted in 19 deaths in the United States over the last decade. That is nearly twice the number of deaths associated with similar events in cars built by all other automakers combined."

        http://www.ennislaw.com/toyota-sudden-unintended-acceleration-and-floor-mat-recall-lawyer-news-01292010.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, there's the 2008 Avalon that crashed into a pond in Southlake, a very wealthy suburb close to DFW Airport, on the day after Christmas. That vehicle would fall under the sticking pedal recall, and four people died in that accident. In this case, the driver's floor mat was found in the trunk, after the car was pulled out of the pond:

        http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-southlakecrash_28met.ART0.Central.Edition1.4bfa720.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        So yeah... what was that "current stat" again Dubai? Maybe you should actually look some of this stuff up instead of talking out of your Toyota-hole.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He had dry humor so I wont watch that lame crap
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have never watched more than a few seconds of Stewart. I couldn't, the guy is just plain irritating.

      • 4 Years Ago
      By the latest reports, 120,717 were maimed; 18,720 killed of which 9193 were decapitated in the process.
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