Anton Yelchin’s Jeep Was Recalled, Actor Died Within Minutes of Impact

Anton Yelchin's Cause of Death Revealed
Authorities have determined the actor's official cause of death.

More details surrounding Anton Yelchin’s untimely death has surfaced.

The actor, who passed away on June 19 from blunt traumatic asphyxia after his car had accidentally pinned him against a brick pillar, is said to have died within a minute of the accident. According to TMZ, investigators believe the late 27-year-old died soon after the impact as the vehicle was found crushed against his lungs, causing severe injuries to his head and chest.

The publication also reports that Yelchin’s car — a Jeep — had been recalled due to an issue with the e-shift transmission that may have ultimately led to the Star Trek star’s death. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which Yelchin drove, reportedly lacked the grooves found in old school transmissions that allowed drivers to feel the various gears, providing “poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver” which could make unintended gear selection more likely.

Authorities believe Yelchin had unknowingly placed his car in neutral instead of park when he got out of the vehicle. The Jeep then rolled back and pinned Yelchin against his security gate.

Friends discovered Yelchin dead at his San Fernando Valley home around 1 a.m. on Sunday after he failed to meet them earlier that night. At the time, the police said, “the engine was running when his body was discovered, and the car was in neutral. The driveway was on a fairly steep incline.”