A new report indicates that a recall notice for Antony Yelchin’s Jeep Grand Cherokee was received at the actor’s house seven days after his death. One month ago, the car accidentally rolled away, killing the 27-year-old “Star Trek Beyond” star.
According to Variety, Yelchin’s parents filed a “wrongful death lawsuit” on Tuesday against Fiat Chrysler, the manufacturer of their late son’s car. The company reportedly recalled over 800,000 vehicles in April alone, after receiving “hundreds” of rollaway complaints from customers.
“The safety recall was way too little and way too late,” the Yelchin family’s lawyer, Gary Dordick, said at a press conference. “They should have never used this device.”
The manufacturer says it’s yet to be served with the lawsuit, though they said in a statement, “FCA US LLC extends its sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss. FCA US urges customers to follow the instructions in their owners manuals and the information cards sent with their recall notices. These instructions include advising customers to set the parking brakes in their vehicles before exiting.”
The recall was to fix the shifter in 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, which operates like a joystick. Because the joystick returns to the same centre position no matter what gear the car is in, some drivers have been confused. The accident is what’s believed to have killed Yelchin. Fiat Chrysler reportedly sent a notice in May explaining the issue — but it’s unclear if Yelchin ever received it.
“He was our only son,” Viktor Yelchin, Anton’s father, said at the press conference. “It is against nature when a parent buries his own child.”
Anton’s mother, Irina Yelchin, said, “He never cared about being a star…He loved life very much…His death is gonna save some other life.”
Yelchin’s final film before his death, “Star Trek Beyond,” is in theaters now.
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