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Star Trek Actor’s Untimely Death Calls for Updated Recall

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Cydney Patterson1 year ago

Star Trek actor’s death calls for new auto recall fix.

Details about the Auto Recall

Anton Yelchin was an actor not only in the Star Trek franchise, but in other movies, such as the Smurf. Yelchin passed away last week after getting wedged in between his car and a brick pillar. The car that ultimately killed Yelchin was a recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Since the accident, the Jeep company has begun renewing calls from safety advocates to fix flaws in the U.S. recall system.

The article in Reuters indicates that “the accident is under investigation, and it is not known whether the specific recall defect, which can cause the vehicle to roll away after a driver exits, led to Yelchin's death.” With this being said, it has prompted consumers to take a stand for better recall notifications to consumers. Concerned consumers are not only saying this because of what happened to Yelchin, but because there are other consumers who are buying these products and they have to wait a while before they are able to get the parts they need on their vehicles fixed so they can continue to drive their cars without any problems.

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said Yelchin's accident is touching a nerve in a way that traditional recalls have not. “Many consumers may think: 'If it could happen to Chekov, it could happen to me,'” he said, referring to the Star Trek character portrayed by Yelchin. It is also noted in the article that Yelchin's SUV was one of 1.1 million vehicles recalled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV in April due to the possibility of the SUV shifting out of gear. Forty-one injuries, as well as crashes and property damage, have been linked to the problem. Fiat Chrysler told dealers last month that a fix would be ready no later than July or August after initially telling owners a fix wouldn't be ready until late this year. Owners still have not gotten official notice of their fix, but some dealers are now making appointments to repair some of the recalled vehicles, company spokesman Eric Mayne said. 

Important Information about Recalled Vehicles in the United States

  •  Automakers have recalled record numbers of U.S. vehicles, including about 100 million cars and trucks in 2014 and 2015 combined.
  • Defects range from exploding air bag inflators to faulty ignition switches and electronic glitches.
  • Carfax, a provider of used-car history reports, estimates that more than 47 million U.S. vehicles have at least one uncompleted recall.
  • Or nearly one in five vehicles – up 27 percent over a year earlier.
  • The Obama administration has acknowledged the need to boost repair rates.
  •  In January, it announced a voluntary agreement with 18 major automakers to employ new ways to increase safety recall participation rates.


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