Actor Anton Yelchin was recently killed in a June 2016 single-vehicle car accident that might be attributed to a recalled car part. Yelchin was found at his home pinched between a brick fence and his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the middle of the night. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the company behind Jeep, announced they are investigating the crash.
The Jeep has a part that was recalled in April 2016. The recalled Monostable electronic shifter has been associated with more than 100 accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported earlier this year that "the Monostable electronic shifter is not intuitive." Drivers accidentally leave the vehicle in gear and not in park due to the way the system performs. Unlike traditional gear shifts in automatic cars that leave the gear shift in the position that denotes their gear, the Monostable shifter automatically reverts to a center position and indicates through a light indicator which gear the car is in.
Manufacturers installed the recalled shifter in:
- 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees
- 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers (check engine size)
- 2012-2014 Chrysler 300 Sedans (3.6L)
Yelchin's death could be the initial fatality out of dozens of injuries. As of this writing a class action lawsuit has been filed against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
If you have one of the vehicles above, contact your closest dealer to have the issue repaired. You should not be charged for repairs made to recalled parts.
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