Newswire: Fiat Chrysler says it will investigate Anton Yelchin’s death

Anton Yelchin’s untimely death may have been caused by a confusing gear shifter in his Jeep. According to Jalopnik, Yelchin was killed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee after the 5,000 pound car rolled backwards down a slight hill on his driveway as he passed behind it, crushing him against a brick mailbox. Unfortunately, Yelchin’s Jeep may have been one of the 1.1 million vehicles recalled in April because, as a recall notice put it, “some drivers… excited their vehicles without first selecting ‘Park,’” ultimately causing the cars to roll away spontaneously, forcefully, and without warning.

While it’s unknown whether this is what happened or Yelchin had his Jeep altered after the recall, the similarities between the car’s issues and what happened to Yelchin are certainly striking. Fiat Chrysler, the company that makes the Jeeps, said that at the time of the recall it …

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