On June 19, 2016, twenty-seven-year old Anton Yelchin was killed when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled back and pinned the young actor against a security fence. Mr. Yelchin’s Jeep was among those Fiat Chrysler models under a recall notice for transmission errors leading to unintended rolling. The gearshift issue has confused drivers, causing them to leave the vehicle in neutral when they erroneously believed it was safely in park.
Mr. Yelchin’s vehicle was one of almost 812,000 vehicles recalled in April, which included the 2014 and 2015 Grand Cherokee models as well as the 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s. An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration prompted the recall, after car owners levied numerous complaints. After the issuance of the April recall, Fiat Chrysler notified owners that a “permanent remedy for this condition is currently under development.” Last year, the federal government fined Fiat Chrysler over 100 million dollars due to their alleged failure to conduct recalls in a timely manner.
Since the recall was announced, there have been at least eight additional complaints from Jeep Grand Cherokee owners claiming that the car had suddenly rolled away and crashed.
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