Will any more families file a lawsuit against FCA for its confusing shifters?
The Associated Press is reporting that the parents of recently deceased 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin, Victor and Irina Yelchin, are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against FCA. The “Star Trek Beyond” star was killed June 19th, 2016 when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway and pinned him against a brick gate post. The Jeep was part of a voluntary recall to fix its shifter, which is the source of numerous complaints about how confusing it could be to know which gear it was in.
Since the death of Yelchin FCA has sped up its fix for the 1.1 million cars that have the confusing shifter installed. The filing of this lawsuit should make the automaker move even quicker to ensure that no other families file suit against it. The people running Jeep obviously don’t want a repeat of the fuel tank fire fiasco. While Yelchin’s parents may be the first to file suit against FCA they might not be the last. The AP reports that 68 injuries have been linked to cars involved in the voluntary recall. Front gate photo by Damian Dovarganes for The AP.