Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokesman Eric Mayne has informed the media that the company is planning a “thorough investigation” of the crash that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin.
Yelchin, who was most famous for playing Pavel Chekov in the reboot of the popular science fiction series, was found dead on Sunday after being pinned between his 2015 Grand Cherokee Laredo and his security gate. Authorities reported that the cause of death was blunt trauma asphyxia.
FCA issued a voluntary recall in April for 811,586 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 2012-14 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans that were equipped with monostable shifters. As part of the notification, owners were told that a software upgrade would be performed to ensure that vehicles would not move if the driver’s side door was open and the transmission was not in park.
At the time of the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that it had received at least 300 complaints and reports of 121 accidents and 41 injuries potentially related to the shifters. Drivers maintained that their vehicles were prone to roll away, some of which struck buildings, other cars and pedestrians.
Website TMZ.com has reported that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo that Yelchin was driving had not been fixed.
Update: FCA has released a software update to its dealers for 2014-15 Grand Cherokees equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 engines. Owners will begin being notified on Friday.