LOS ANGELES: Actor Anton Yelchin’s parents are planning to sue Fiat Chrysler and other companies after their son was killed in a car accident.
The Star Trek star’s family wants punitive damages “for the wrongful death of their son due to significant defects” in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
His parents are reportedly going after Fiat Chrysler (which makes the Cherokee) along with manufacturer ZF North America and the AutoNation car retailer chain.
The lawsuit is set to be formally announced and filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Back in June, the actor was standing behind his car that was parked in his driveway. The vehicle began to roll backwards, pinning him against a brick mailbox and a security fence, a police spokesperson had confirmed.
The Los Angeles county coroner confirmed that the 27-year-old’s death was ruled an accident by blunt traumatic asphyxia from the force of the car against his body.
The passing later sparked a class-action USD 5 million lawsuit from Jeep owners against Grand Cherokee manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, claiming a “defective” gearshift has caused more than 300 deaths, including Yelchin, whose car was one of 1.1 million vehicles listed in a massive recall by FCA.
While the company has not been served with a new lawsuit as of Monday evening, they released a statement saying, “FCA US LLC extends its deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss. The Company cannot comment at this time.”