The freak accident that caused Anton Yelchin’s death on June 19 has led to a class action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over defects that may have been responsible for Yelchin’s death. The lawsuit alleges that the maker of Jeep Grand Cherokee intentionally covered up a design flaw that has led to hundreds of fatal accidents, Deadline reports.
The SUV that pinned Yelchin against a brick pillar after rolling down his driveway is one of more than a million Fiat Chrysler vehicles that are expected to be recalled due to a gearshift flaw that has allowed drivers to think the car is in park when it is in fact in neutral.
“The safety issue is real,” the complaint reads. “Well over 300 accidents have already been reported, causing dozens of serious injuries, and potentially the death of Anton Yelchin, a young Hollywood actor who was crushed to death when his own 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his drive and pinned him against his brick mailbox.”
Yelchin’s death last Sunday came just three weeks before the 27-year-old actor was set to start shooting his directorial debut, “Travis,” which he also wrote. The crime thriller was scheduled to start production on July 11 in what Yelchin called “the lonely landscape of the San Fernando Valley,” said his friend and collaborator Keith Kjarval, a producer on the movie. Callum Turner was set to play the title character alongside co-stars Alia Shawkat and Milla Jovovich.