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Stars Gather to Celebrate Life of Anton Yelchin

Several celebrities gathered in a Hollywood Cemetery Sunday to celebrate the life of Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor of Star Trek fame whose life was cut short in a rollaway accident involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee. The “Life Celebration” service brought together a spectrum of Hollywood stars who knew the actor professionally and personally, including Jennifer Lawrence, J.J. Abrams, Emile Hirsch, Jon Voight, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and many others who worked with Mr. Yelchin during his 15-year film and television career. Mr. Yelchin’s parents, who immigrated to California from Russia when Anton was a child, were also in attendance ... Read More

Runaway Jeep Kills Three, Injures Several More At Massachusetts Auto Auction

An out-of-control Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly accelerated inside a Massachusetts auto auction facility Monday morning, killing three people and injuring several others before crashing through the side of the building. Marian Ryan, Middlesex County District Attorney, said in a press conference that two women and one man were killed when a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly accelerated to about 40 mph and plowed into a crowd of people gathered inside the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts. Several others, including eight people with serious injuries and two others with life-threatening injuries, were taken to various hospitals in the area for ... Read More

Texas Woman Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Jeep Rollaway Injuries

A San Antonio, Texas, woman has filed a personal injury complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over injuries she allegedly sustained when her 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled over her foot. Sonya Dawson, 49, filed her lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio. Like many similar suits filed against Fiat Chrysler, Ms. Dawson alleges the gear shifter the automaker installed in some of its vehicles is defectively designed and prone to cause rollaway accidents. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Dawson pulled into her driveway and put her Grand Cherokee diesel in park. She then got out of the vehicle with the ... Read More

State Trooper Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Jeep Rollaway Injuries

A retired Massachusetts State Trooper who was injured in a Jeep Grand Cherokee rollaway accident is suing Fiat Chrysler in federal court, alleging the ZF shifter in his vehicle and certain other models is defective and dangerous. With his complaint, plaintiff John Malone, 69, becomes the latest driver suing Fiat Chrysler over the unusual shifters, which have been attributed to some 700 incident reports, including 308 property damage claims, 212 crashes, and 41 injuries. On Aug. 2, the parents of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin filed the sole wrongful death lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler, accusing the automaker of poorly designing and ... Read More

Parents of Anton Yelchin Sue Fiat Chrysler Over Son’s Jeep Death

The parents of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging poor design and manufacture of the gear selector in his Jeep Grand Cherokee led to his death in June. Plaintiffs Victor and Irina Yelchin filed the wrongful death and product liability lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court August 2 seeking unspecified damages. Mr. Yelchin was killed June 19 in the driveway of his Los Angeles home when his Grand Cherokee rolled backward and pinned him up against a security gate and mailbox. “Anton Yelchin was crushed and lingered alive for ... Read More

Class-Action Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler Filed In Wake of Actor’s Tragic Death

A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for allegedly covering up a “dangerously defective” gear shifter in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The lawsuits comes just days after the tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin, who was crushed to death when his Grand Cherokee rolled backward down his steep driveway and pinned him against the metal gate and brick mailbox in front of his Los Angeles home. “The safety issue is real,” the complaint states. “Well over 300 accidents have already been reported, causing dozens of serious injuries, and potentially the death of Anton Yelchin.” “One of the ... Read More

Star Trek Actor Likely The First Fatality Linked To Jeep Defect, U.S. Regulators Say

Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin could likely be the first person known to be killed by a Jeep Grand Cherokee under recall for a dangerous electronic gear shift defect, federal safety regulators said. Mr. Yelcin, 27, was crushed to death Saturday night when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward and pressed him against the security gate outside his Los Angeles home. Pictures of the scene show a large visible dent in the metal gate where Mr. Yelchin became pinned behind his Jeep. “This is the first fatality we’re aware of that may be related to this safety defect,” the National Highway Traffic Safety ... Read More

Jeep That Crushed Actor Anton Yelchin Recalled In April For Rollaway Defect

The Jeep Grand Cherokee that investigators say crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin at his home in Los Angeles Saturday was recalled earlier this year for a dangerous design defect in its electronic gear shift. The defect, which affects some 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, may cause some drivers to think their vehicle is in park gear when it is not. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): “… the existing strategies built into these vehicles to deter drivers from exiting the vehicle after failing to put the transmission into PARK have not stopped some ... Read More

Similar ignition switch issue that prompted massive GM recalls now prompts Chrysler Jeep recalls

Nearly 792,000 older-model Jeep SUVs are now under recall by Chrysler Group due to an issue General Motors (GM) would be familiar with – ignition switches. According to Chrysler, if the ignition switch is bumped by the driver’s knees, it may shift out of the “on” position, thus shutting off engine power and killing power assist to both the steering and brakes. In this state, air bags are also disabled in the vehicle. Vehicles affected by this recall include 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-07 Jeep Grand Cherokees. However, Chrysler also expanded a previous ignition switch-related recall to its older model ... Read More

Death report prompts federal regulators to launch probe of Dodge Ram clutch interlock

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into an estimated 110,000 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks with manual transmissions, saying it has received reports that the clutch interlocks on the model year 2004-2006 vehicles may be defective. One of the complaints triggering the investigation involved the death of a child struck by one of the trucks. NHTSA regulators said that three complaints it has received about the trucks indicate they can be started even when the driver’s foot is not on the clutch. “One complaint involved an incident that occurred when a child was able ... Read More