The 2015 Jeep Cherokee that caused the death of Anton Yelchin is part of a recall by Fiat Chrysler. The incident occurred last Sunday, June 19. Yelchin’s vehicle appeared to be in the ‘park’ position, but it was actually in ‘reverse’. Yelchin’s vehicle rolled from his driveway and crashed into him. Despite the June accident, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall in April.
The federal agency made the recall after drivers complained it was difficult to determine whether the vehicle was in park. Apparently, the vehicle alerts drivers with a noise and dashboard warning if a door is open while the vehicle is not in park. Even so, the push-button ignition does not shut off the engine, which increases the chances of a vehicle rolling away after the driver exits the vehicle.
If you have been injured by a recalled product, you may be able to receive compensation for your recovery. Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd., at 401.751.8855 if you want to hold manufacturers responsible for their actions.