Manufacturer Fiat Chrysler’s United States unit issued a recall for hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokees and other models in April to address the problem.
The report said that some Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2014 and 2015 have a defect in that they do not have sufficient mechanisms to deter drivers from getting out of the vehicle after failing to put it in the PARK position.
In a statement, Fiat Chrysler officials on Monday extended their condolences to Yelchin’s family and friends.
Manufacturer Fiat Chrysler’s USA unit issued a recall for hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokees and other models in April to address the problem.
“The company is in contact with the authorities and is conducting a thorough investigation”, the statement said. “Until all of these recalled vehicles are fixed, owners should take extra care to make sure their auto is in park and turned completely off before exiting”.
Co-stars, friends and fans added their voices on Monday to a chorus of tributes from Hollywood for “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin, after he was killed in a freak accident.
“Drivers thinking that their vehicle’s transmission is in the PARK position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out… while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged”, the NHTSA said.
Walter Koenig, the actor who brought the character of Pavel Chekov to life in the original Star Trek TV series and subsequent films, only met Anton Yelchin once, but it was memorable. Police believe Yelchin had not put his vehicle properly in park, causing it to roll down his driveway and trap the actor against a security gate and a brick mailbox.
Yelchin, 27, died early Sunday morning after he was pinned between his Jeep and a brick mailbox at the bottom of his driveway.
Investigators were looking into the position of Yelchin’s gear shift at the time of the accident, Officer Jane Kim said. “As I exited the vehicle rolled backwards, knocked me down, and the entire vehicle, with boat and trailer, went into the lake”, another complaint says.
It’s not immediately clear how Yelchin’s death will impact the publicity campaign surrounding the film’s release.
Yelchin’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, said his family requests privacy at this time.
The recalled vehicles sound a chime and issue a dashboard warning if the driver’s door is opened while they are not in park.
Yelchin’s career began with roles in indie films and assorted television shows, before breaking out in films like the crime thriller Alpha Dog and Sundance victor Like Crazy.
An only child, Yelchin was born to professional figure skaters in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) in Russian Federation, who moved to the U.S. when he was still a baby. He could do big sci-fi franchises and vocal work in “The Smurfs”, while also appearing in more eccentric and artier fare, like Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film “Only Lovers Left Alive” and Jeremy Saulnier’s horror thriller “Green Room”, a cult favorite that came out earlier this year.