In the wake of Anton Yelchin's tragic death, fellow Jeep owners are frantically trying to make sure the same freak accident doesn't happen to them.
To catch you up, the 27-year-old actor was found Sunday pinned between his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and the gate of his Studio City home after the vehicle rolled backward down the steep driveway. This model has been recalled numerous times for a flawed gear design that makes it difficult to tell if your SUV is in neutral or park. So tragic.
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Just one problem… dealerships around the country don't have the equipment or the four-hour software to fix the gear shifter! And the ones that do are backed up with wait lists of over 60 cars. Wow!
In the meantime, TMZ reports service employees are giving owners tutorials to hopefully avoid the highly dangerous problem.
This makes us so nervous!!!
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The death of talented actor Anton Yelchin has officially been ruled accidental.
As you know, the 27-year-old was found Sunday pinned between his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the gate of his Studio City home after the car rolled backward down the steep driveway. So tragic.
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office now officially confirms the Star Trek star died of accidental "blunt traumatic asphyxia," People reports.
Related: Lindsay Lohan Blames 'Hollywood' For Anton's Tragic Death
An LAPD spokesperson also confirms Yelchin's Jeep is the same model that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled in April for its gearshift design that makes it difficult to tell what gear the vehicle is in, explaining:
"We are looking into that. The investigation is still ongoing and the traffic detectives will look at all of those factors as they would in any traffic collision investigation. So, at this time we're not sure what caused it, but that's something investigators are looking at."
The investigation into the exact circumstances of Anton's death is ongoing, and it will be about 6-8 weeks until toxicology results are expected to be available.
What a devastating freak accident. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.
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Chrysler is recalling over 919,000 older-model Jeeps all over the world.
The issue? The air bags could possibly inflate while people are driving!
There's a part that can fail in the air bag control computer which can lead to the front and side air bags inflating while the SUV is driving.
This has happened 215 times already!
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