Seven days after his death, Anton Yelchin received a recall notice for the vehicle that killed him, according to his family’s lawyer.
In press conference with Anton’s parents, Viktor and Irina Yelchin, it was revealed that the late Star Trek actor received the recall notice for his Jeep Grand Cherokee in the mail a week following his tragic passing. During the same conference, Anton’s parents also announced that they’ve filed a lawsuit on Tuesday (Aug. 2, 2016) against the vehicle’s manufacturer, Fiat Chrysler, and the gear shift’s manufacturer, ZF North America, for wrongful death.
“The safety recall was way too little and way too late,” attorney Gary Dordick. “They should have never used this device.”
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Anton drove reportedly lacked the grooves found in old school transmissions that allowed drivers to feel the various gears. Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 800,000 vehicles in April after receiving hundreds of complaints on the matter.
As previously reported, Anton passed away on June 19 from “blunt traumatic asphyxia” after his car pinned him against a gate at his Studio City, Calif. home. At the time, authorities believed the 27-year-old thought he had put his car into park when he got out and the vehicle rolled backward down the steep driveway, crushing him against brick column.
Though investigators are still looking into the case, Anton’s death seems to be the first fatality related to the rollaway issue.
“He was our only son,” Viktor said during Tuesday’s press conference in Beverly Hills. “It is against nature when a parent buries his own child.”
“He never cared about being a star,” Irina said through tears. “He loved life very much… His death is gonna save some other life.”
Fiat Chrysler had sent a notice to customers in May that explained the rollaway issue and gave instructions on how to properly make sure the car was in park. The Yelchin family attorney said it was unclear whether if Anton ever saw the notice for it was not found in his belongings until after his death.