The news of Anton Yelchin’s death on Sunday, June 19th shocked many but also brought to light the current recall Fiat Chrysler had placed on 11 million of their cars and trucks including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicle made in the 2014-2015 years. Prior to the death of Anton Yelchin, that particular make and model had customers report over 700 rolling incidents and 68 injuries.
The reason so many customers were suffering injury has to do with the gear shifter. Drivers exited their vehicles thinking they had shifted their vehicles into park while the engine was still running. The electronic shifter on Fiat Chrysler vehicles shifts back into position after being shifted regardless of which gear is selected. Researchers claim the problem with the shifters was the inability for engineers to predict all reasonable situations drivers would use the shifter.
The 27-year-old actor’s parents spoke out about filing a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler. While the company stated that it did send out recall notices in May, the family’s lawyer, Gary Dordick commented, “The safety recall was too little too late.” No figure has been released regarding the wrongful death and product liability lawsuit the Yelchin family has filed against Fiat Chrysler, but they will be seeking punitive damages, as they believe the car company sold the cars knowing they were defective.
In addition to the lawsuit filed by the Yelchin family, Fiat Chrysler is also required to pay a $105 million civil penalty from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The company admitted to violating the safety act in three areas:
- Effective and timely recall remedies
- Notification to owners and dealers
- Notification to NHTSA
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