Published Jun 20, 2016Over the weekend, tragedy struck Hollywood when 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin was pinned between his Jeep Cherokee Laredo and his home's front gate in a freak accident that took his life. Now, some are laying the blame on a misleading shifter in the SUV.
The beloved Star Trek and Green Room actor was discovered with his body stuck between the Jeep and a brick mailbox in front of his house. Based on the steep incline of his driveway, and the fact that the vehicle was found to be in neutral, it's safe to say that he most likely got out of his car to check his mail, only to have the Jeep roll down the driveway and crush him.
According to TMZ, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee that Yelchin drove was the subject of a product recall due to its misleading shifter. Unlike prior transmissions, the shifter did not have grooves to indicate which gear you were in.
In the recall notice, Jeep said the SUV offered "poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver," making a faulty gear selection more likely. The notice also said, "Drivers may inadvertently fail to achieve the PARK position before exiting."
Stay tuned for more information on this tragedy as it becomes available.