Anton Yelchin’s Death May Be Related to Fiat Chrysler Shifter Recall

Posted by: Xavier Kwan onJune 21st, 2016


Fiat Chrysler has an ongoing recall campaign on their electronic shifter device which consumers have said is faulty and may results in the vehicle rolling away due to drivers thinking the car is in the “Park” gear when in fact the gear has not yet been selected. Unfortunately, it seems that the death of Anton Yelchin, known for playing Pavel Chekov in the latest Star Trek movies, may have been crushed by his vehicle due to the vehicle rolling backwards and pinning him against a metal gate and a brick pillar.

Yelchin drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee which has been identified by Fiat Chrysler’s recall campaign. The Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 are also among those impacted vehicles. These vehicles are all equipped with an electronic shifter module that lacks enough sensory touch to give drivers an indication that the correct gear is selected. The problem was reported to have resulted in 41 injuries – and now possibly Yelchin’s death as well.

FCA has made a statement that all affected vehicle owners were contacted and vehicles were instructed to be scheduled into dealerships for an inspection and possible repair by updating the electronic shifter’s software. Owners were also mailed instructions for operating the electronic shifter with an accompanying tip sheet.

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