Anton Yelchin Family Suing Over Death

Posted by: Xavier Kwan onAugust 3rd, 2016


FCA has been at the forefront of recalls and legal battles over their poorly designed shifters. The complaint is that the shifter is confusing and doesn’t offer enough tactile information to drivers to inform them of their gear selection, specifically thinking the car is in “Park” when it is not. The additional issue is that the car doesn’t have a good enough safety precaution in place to put the car into an emergency “Park” mode to prevent it from rolling away should the wrong gear be selected.

This issue came right into the spotlight with the recent fatal accident of actor Anton Yelchin who was crushed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee when it rolled away pinching him against a brick pillar and a gate. FCA has issued a recall on over 1.1 million vehicles in their lineup which includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The recall began two months before Yelchin’s fatal accident on June 19. The family of Yelchin is now suing FCA for negligence and product liability.

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