The SUV that crushed Anton Yelchin on Sunday was included in a massive recall over risks that it could rollaway.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee that fatally pinned Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin against the brick pillar of his mailbox on Sunday had been recalled in April over risks of the vehicle rolling away.
Yelchin died when his SUV rolled down the driveway, pinning him against the gate's pillar, Los Angeles Police spokeswoman Officer Liliana Preciado told BuzzFeed News.
A preliminary coroner's investigation concluded that Yelchin died of blunt traumatic asphyxia after apparently failing to properly put the SUV in “park.”
The 27-year-old actor was found after he didn't show up for rehearsal.
Yelchin’s model of Jeep Grand Cherokee was included in a recall campaign earlier this year affecting more than 1.1 million vehicles at risk of rolling away after the driver exits.
According to the federal recall notice posted in April, the affected vehicles are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a gear selector that “may not adequately warn the driver when driver's door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while the vehicle is still in gear.
Thinking their transmission is in “park,” drivers may be struck by the vehicle if they attempt to exit while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged, federal regulators warned.
The problem has been linked to 41 injuries, 212 crashes, and 308 reports of property damage, Reuters reported.