We have spoken a lot recently on the wave of recalls hitting auto industry, including big names like Jeep, Toyota and Chrysler (father company of Jeep). The Takata airbag recall is a major disaster that should serve as a lesson to companies on the importance of proper manufacturing and testing, especially if these products are so intrinsically linked to the life or death of customers.
Recently, the world was shocked at the death of Anton Yelchin, the young actor known for his role as Chekov in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films. Even more unfortunate is that his death is being directly linked to a Jeep defect. Though the case is being investigated further, evidence points to Yelchin’s untimely death being a freak accident — but one that may have been preventable.
The issue with Yelchin’s Jeep in question is it’s gear shifter. The problem stems from the fact that the model of Jeep Grand Cherokee that he owned came with an electronic gear shifter. Unlike more traditional shifters (which have an obvious, tactile pop associated with changing gears), the Jeep does not provide enough feedback to drivers, which may be the reason Yelchin’s Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway, hit and killed him.
According to FindLaw, this defect is already linked to 41 injuries. In the months, perhaps years, of investigation to come, we may get a conclusive answer to whether this dangerous defect was the cause of this young, promising star’s tragic death. In the meantime, we recommend keeping an eye on recent recalls and making safety your priority.
If you or a loved one are injured due to a faulty product, contact our product liability attorneys today to get the started on recovering what you deserve for your loss.