DETROIT – The parents of actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his role in the Star Trek movie reboot, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today, according to a wire service report.
The 27-year-old Russian-born actor was killed on June 19 in the driveway of his home as he was pinned by his SUV against a fence. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was one of about 1.1 million vehicles FCA had recalled to fix a shifter that could confuse drivers and lead to unexpected vehicle rollaways.
That problem has so far been linked to at least 266 crashes and 68 injuries, according to a government investigation. Critics accused the automaker of not moving quickly enough to get those vehicles repaired. The maker has increased the pace of the recall since the death of Yelchin.
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