(DAILY NEWS) The vehicle model that reportedly crushed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin on Saturday — killing him in a freak accident outside his Los Angeles home — was recalled just months ago after a problem with its park function caused dozens of injuries and hundreds of crashes.
Yelchin died Saturday night after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards and pinned him to his security gate with enough force to dent the metal fence, according to TMZ. Police told CBS News the car was a 2015 model.
Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler voluntarily recalled some of its 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees due to a dangerous design error in its electronic shifter. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, the electronic gear shift on those models left many drivers uncertain if the cars were in park.
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