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The Jeep SUV that crushed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin this weekend had actually been flagged by the automaker for a trouble that could reason the automobile to role away.

Yelchin"s Jeep rolled down his driveway and also pinned him come a brick post in front of his Los Angeles home, follow to legislation enforcement.

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Los Angeles police stated Monday, "The examination is recurring so we have not made any type of final determination regarding the reason of the accident."

Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) filed a recall an alert in April through federal safety regulators because that the 2015 cool Cherokee, the version Yelchin owned, in addition to 1.1 million cars and also SUVs in April. An ext than 100 crashes have been reported as result of a equipment selector problem that led to confusion around whether the vehicle was in park.

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auto owners haven"t gained an official recall an alert yet, yet they did obtain a notification warning about the problem in May. The advised chauffeurs to dual check the the vehicle is in park, and that the parking brake is on before exiting. Fiat Chrysler needs to wait because that replacement parts to become accessible before it have the right to start repairs, according to its submit with safety and security regulators. At that allude it will certainly send a recall notification telling owners to carry the vehicle in for cost-free repairs.

Fiat Chrysler stated it it will conduct a thorough examination of the accident that eliminated Yelchin, yet that the is too shortly to say even if it is the gear problem was cause at the accident.

"FCA extends its deepest sympathies come the family and also friends of Mr. Yelchin," claimed the company.

Anton Yelchin as Ckekov in "Star Trek."

The cars determined in April have actually a gear selector that renders it difficult to call what equipment the auto is in.

unlike most gear selectors, which are in forward or ago positions depending upon whether the car is in park, reverse, neutral or drive, these cars" equipment selectors constantly return to the upright position after a driver alters gear. If a driver gets the end of a auto when it"s in neutral, the vehicle could roll away.

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The national Highway website traffic Safety administration said there have been 117 crashes allegedly linked with the problem. Of those, 28 reportedly resulted in injuries, including a broken pelvis a ruptured bladder and broken ribs. Yet current filings present no fatalities had actually been tied come the problem.

The Jeep cool Cherokee that eliminated "Star Trek" gibbs Anton Yelchin is because of be recalled because that the an extremely problem that cost him his life.

to remedy the problem, Chrysler plan to change how the equipment works and also to boost the warnings a driver gets if they exit the car when it"s not in park. The transforms are draft to automatically prevent the auto from relocating under details circumstances, also if the driver doesn"t pick "park."

The vehicles collection to be recalled are model-year 2012-2014 evade Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and also model-year 2014-2015 Jeep cool Cherokee SUVs. Later versions of these cars and also SUVs have a different kind of gear selector that supposedly isn"t together confusing. Fiat Chrysler claimed it adjusted the architecture of the equipment selector in part because that this problem.

-- Peter Valdes-Dapena, Steve Visser and also Carma Hassan contributed to this report