General Motors knew it was opening itself up for criticism when it recalled nearly 2.6 million small cars over faulty ignition switches. As expected, the media coverage of the recall has been persistent and unrelenting, with almost every major North American news network touching on the story to some extent. Earlier this week, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart jumped on board, skewering the automaker in the opening rant of his show for its handling of the recall.
Stewart’s rant starts off with him touching on Dan Akerson’s introduction of Mary Barra as CEO in December, teasing the former company head about referring to Barra as a “car gal”. He then delves into the recall, playing clips from news reports which describe how the faulty ignition switch may lead to power being cut off from the power steering, airbag and brakes. He also plays clips which mention the 13 deaths linked to the faulty switch and that GM potentially knew about the problem as far back as 2001.
The rant ends with Stewart dropping the bombshell that GM may not be liable for claims which involve accidents that happened before the automaker’s emergence from federal bankruptcy. The rant is pretty comical, no matter how you feel about the recall, it’s just a shame his producers couldn’t do enough research to realize the Cobalt on the screen is a Russian market car, in no way involved in the recall. We sympathize with them though, punching “U.S. Market Chevrolet Cobalt” into Google Images is a pretty difficult task. Scroll down to watch the rant. There is some bleeped out curse words, so if you’re at work, you might want to bookmark this one until you get home.