Auto recalls have reached unprecedented levels over the past few years.
Atlanta, GA- Movie fans were shocked to learn of the accidental death of “Star Trek” star Anton Yelchin, who died over the weekend after being pinned by his Jeep Grand Cherokee. Now, Jeep maker Fiat Chrysler is investigating the star’s death.
Police report that Yelchin, 27, was pinned between his Jeep and the gate to his Studio City home after the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway. They are still trying to piece together the details of the freak accident but are looking into whether the bizarre accident is tied to an auto recall.
Fox News reports that Fiat Chrysler issued a recall of Jeep Grand Cherokees with 8-speed electric transmissions because of rollaway events that have led to injuries. The April recall was issued by Fiat Chrysler after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received numerous complaints about electronic transmissions. Some customers complained that it was hard to tell if the vehicle was in park and reported rollaway events, Fox News reports.
Police are trying to determine if Yelchin’s Jeep was in “Park” when the accident occurred. They will be joined in their investigation by Fiat Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the New York Daily News, Yelchin’s death is the first one to be tied to the Jeep recall, but some injuries have been reported.
Star Trek star’s death may be tied to recall.
Other recalls have resulted in multiple deaths. Take for instance the GM’s recall of faulty ignition switches. Dozens of motorists had died before a recall for the defective ignitions was issued by GM, which could have replaced the faulty parts and saved victims from undue pain for just cents on the dollar. Fiat Chrysler, however, didn’t delay a recall until someone died, they took immediate action but GM didn’t.
Since 2014, automakers have issued unprecedented numbers of recalls. Fortune reported that nearly one -fourth of vehicles operating in the U.S. were recalled for a defective part or operating issue. In many cases, the recalls are for minor issues and aren’t deadly.
Victims of car accidents in Atlanta that are the fault of a defective part or mechanical problem can seek compensation from an auto manufacturer, but lawsuits have a tougher standard of proof than a traditional car accident. An automaker is not automatically liable for a crash just because a recall has been issued. For a legitimate claim, a victim must be able to show that the defective part or mechanical problem was the direct cause of an accident. That is why USAttorneys recommends you speak with an accident lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia to assist them with their case.
To recover fair compensation, you need to retain an attorney who is well-versed in Georgia’s personal injury laws. At USAttorneys, we have a team of Georgia lawyers who will stand up for their rights and work tirelessly to obtain the best possible settlement.
If you live in Atlanta, we recommend you set up a case evaluation with Howe & Associates, a personal injury law firm. Contact their office at 404-660-4702 and set up a time to meet with one of their talented and knowledgeable accident lawyers