The tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin came as a shock to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Yelchin was known primarily for his role as Chekov in the newest Star Trek films.
Unfortunately, the accident involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee seems to point to a design flaw in the new gear shifter. The electronic shifter is a newer feature that many Jeep owners have complained about.
These shifters are hard to use and it is difficult to tell if the car is in “park” mode. This video from Consumer Reports explains the electric gear shift.
After many accidents and injuries, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recalled the Jeep. This problem was first flagged last August by regulators, so why has nothing been done about it?
6 Important Facts About Jeep’s Recall and Anton Yelchin’s Death
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled Jeeps like the one driven by Anton Yelnich in April.
- FCA was aware of the issues that caused the recall yet took over one year to implement it.
- The New York Times has reported that there isn’t a fix for the recall as of yet.
- FCA admitted to underreporting deaths and injuries to regulators.
- FCA recently acknowledged delaying recalls affecting more than 11 million vehicles.
- The rollaway issues that have caused the recall have caused over 100 reported crashes and 30 injuries to date.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is no stranger to recall problems. In fact, they admitted to underreporting deaths to regulators and were slapped with a $105 million fine. FCA recently acknowledged delaying recalls affecting more than 11 million vehicles.
This tragic accident happened in the wake of safety regulations being ignored by carmakers like Volkswagen as well. It is very clear that auto makers are only interested in their bottom line. The problem with this mentality is that it leaves all drivers at risk.
According to the NHTSA, The number one cause of death in the US from ages 3 to 35 is traffic accident related. With this information, it would only make sense for automobile manufacturers to work even harder than normal to make sure that safety regulations are followed.
This case has been highly publicized due to the fact that the victim had celebrity status, but there were dozens of other injuries reported and possibly some that were never reported. It is very important to the safety of our roads and everyone on them that we report this kind of accident to the NHTSA.
Discussing the specifics of any accidents with a trusted lawyer is another way to ensure the accident is reported correctly. An attorney can help decipher if the manufacturer is at fault, and what a driver’s next steps should be.
Going after a large company on your own is daunting, but with the experience of a car accident lawyer behind you, the carmakers will know that you understand your rights. Whether your automobile recall case involves personal injury or a loss of life, The Patterson Cozzo Law Firm can help.
Call 770-422-8840 for help with your recall accident.