Anton Yelchin: Jeep Recall Notice Mailed Days After Actor's Death

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He was pinned against a brick wall by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and crushed to death on June 19th.

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Now, Anton Yelchin's family attorney, Gary Dordick confirms that Jeep mailed Yelchin a recall notice that was received seven days after the actor's untimely passing.

The safety recall was way too little and way too late,” Dordick said during a press conference on August 2nd, according to Us Weekly

“They should have never used this device.”  

That same day, Yelchin's parents, Irina and Victor filed a wrongful death lawsuit against manufacturer Fiat Chrysler.

"He was our only son,” Viktor said. “It is against nature when a parent buries his own child."

Irina pointed out that her son "never cared about being a star," and that he "loved life very much"

The Yelchins hope that the lessons learned from his death will help save lives.

The suit, which Fiat Chrysler claims it has not yet seen, alleges that Anton's car gear selector was defective and poorly designed, which caused the vehicle to roll back and fatally pin Anton against a wall.  

Anton was "crushed and lingered alive for some time, trapped and suffocating until the death," the lawsuit states.

Fiat Chrysler issued a statement on August 2nd expressing sympathy for the Yelchins, but also a warning to customers who don't follow instructions.

"FCA US urges customers to follow the instructions in their owners manuals and the information cards sent with their recall notices. These instructions include advising customers to set the parking brakes in their vehicles before exiting," the statement read. 

The Associated Press reports that the notice mailed to Anton's house alerted customers that Chrysler dealers were updating the gear shifter to include an Auto Park feature.

Like the Yelchin's lawyer said, "too little" and "way too late."

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