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Star Trek Actor’s Parents to Sue Fiat Chrysler

Cause of fatal Jeep accident still under investigation.

by on Aug.02, 2016

Actor Anton Yelchin was best known for his role as a young Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot.

The parents of actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his role in the Star Trek movie reboot, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today, according to a wire service report.

The 27-year-old Russian-born actor was killed on June 19th in the driveway of his home as he was pinned by his SUV against a fence. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was one of about 1.1 million vehicles FCA had recalled to fix a shifter that could confuse drivers and lead to unexpected vehicle rollaways.

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That problem has so far been linked to at least 266 crashes and 68 injuries, according to a government investigation. Critics accused the automaker of not moving quickly enough to get those vehicles repaired. The maker has increased the pace of the recall since the death of Yelchin.

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Fiat Chrysler Sending Out Fix for Faulty eShifters on Recalled Jeep, Sedan

Jeep investigating possible link to death of Star Trek actor Yelchin.

by on Jun.23, 2016

Jeep had been hoping to gain momentum with the Grand Cherokee's appearance in the new film, Independence Day Resurgence.

A top official at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said the carmaker wants to investigate the weekend accident that took the life of actor Anton Yelchin, best known for his role in the Star Trek movie series. He was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee unexpectedly pinned him against a gate at his home, apparently leading to asphyxia.

The 2015 sport-utility vehicle was one of 1.1 million FCA vehicles recalled earlier this year to fix an electronic shifter system that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration System called “unintuitive,” citing numerous complaints from owners who said they could not figure out what gear they were in. The automaker had issued a warning to owners but had not begun repairs at the time Yelchin was killed.

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“We’re waiting to be able to start our own investigation,” said Michael Manley, the president and chief executive of the Jeep brand, during a media roundtable at FCA’s proving grounds an hour outside Detroit on Thursday. “Obviously, we would like our own people to go over the vehicle.”

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Death of Star Trek Actor Highlights Concerns About Faulty Electronic Shifters

Anton Yelchin reportedly driving recalled Jeep Grand Cherokee.

by on Jun.20, 2016

Actor Anton Yelchin was best known for his role as a young Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot.

It could take months to complete the investigation into the accidental death of Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor best known for his role in several recent Star Trek movies – but it appears that the vehicle involved in his death was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, an SUV recently recalled because of problems with its electronic shifter.

A Los Angeles coroner’s spokesman said the cause of death was “blunt force asphyxia” in which the actor was pinned against a gate at his home. The vehicle appears to have been one of the models involved in a large recall initiated by Jeep parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in April.

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FCA recalled three different models — covering a total of 1.1 million vehicles — following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency found the shifter could confuse motorists by not giving clear feedback as to what gear the automatic transmission was in.

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Feds Slam Fiat Chrysler for Lax Safety Efforts

FCA “has not remedied vehicles in a reasonable time,” claims NHTSA.

by on Jun.19, 2015

A fire involving a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The recall for a potential safety problem has gone slowly.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been dragging its feet when it comes to safety problems, or so claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a new document released ahead of a public hearing on the issue.

The statement by federal regulators follows admissions by the automaker that it has been slow to handle repairs to vehicles covered by a recall linked to numerous vehicle fires. And it appears to be part of a broader crackdown on automotive safety in the wake of record recalls that saw more than 60 million vehicles impacted due to defects last year.

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“NHTSA has tentatively concluded that Fiat Chrysler has not remedied vehicles in a reasonable time and has not adequately remedied vehicles,” the NHTSA said in a document posted on its website ahead of a hearing to determine whether FCA met federal rules on properly reporting defects and then making repairs.

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Fiat Chrysler Struggling to Speed Up Jeep Recall

Accused of "woeful" delay, maker insists it is making progress.

by on Nov.24, 2014

Chrysler's Jeep Liberty was recalled to fix a problem with the fuel tank.

Under fire for the allegedly slow pace of a recall affecting 1.6 million potentially fire-prone Jeeps, Fiat Chrysler officials insist they’ve already been stepping up the pace of the safety campaign, despite taking sharp criticism from the nation’s top automotive safety official last week.

Chrysler last year agreed to recall 1.56 million Jeeps that were linked to fiery rear-end collisions. The automaker initially balked, insisting the data did not justify targeting the Jeep models, but reversed course after it came under heavy pressure both from regulators and the media. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also agreed to reduce the number of vehicles that would be impacted by nearly half.

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But more than a year after agreeing to the service action, the acting NHTSA Administrator, David Friedman, declared that the pace of the recall has been “woeful.” The agency – itself under fire for its handling of various safety issues this year – has been pressing Chrysler to pick up the pace. (more…)

Chrysler Recalling 800,000 Vehicles for Ignition Switch Problem

by on Jul.22, 2014

Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 2005-2007 are part of a larger recall of Chrysler vehicles with ignition problems.

Chrysler is expanding an earlier recall, targeting nearly 800,000 older Jeep models because of an ignition switch problem that could cause the vehicles to stall and disable their airbags and other safety systems.

The move comes as federal safety regulators investigate reports that drivers inadvertently can bump the keys on as many as 1.2 million Chrysler products, causing them to turn from the On to Off or Accessory position. The problem is similar to one that has led to the recall of millions of General Motors products in recent months. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the possibility the problem could occur on products built by other manufacturers, as well.

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While Chrysler and its dealers prepare to notify customers and schedule repairs, the maker is advising owners to remove everything but the ignition key from their key rings to reduce the risk of an unintended stall-out. (more…)

Feds Pushing Chrysler for Information on Jeep Recall

NHTSA force maker to produce documents about fuel tank problem.

by on Jul.02, 2014

Chrysler's Jeep Liberty was recalled to fix a problem with the fuel tank.

Federal safety regulators are shining the spotlight on Chrysler Group in an attempt to get the company pick up the pace on the recall of 1.6 million Jeeps with fuel tank issues.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered the maker to produce more documents about the recall of 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys and 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees. The vehicles were recalled last June due to concerns that the fuel tanks may rupture during rear-end collisions.

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Chrysler’s proposed fix – installing trailer hitch receivers – is taking too long to complete. According to NHTSA, the automaker took more than five months to settle on a supplier to produce the hitches and didn’t start producing the hitches until a May. (more…)

Chrysler Announces Major New Recalls

Nearly 840,000 vehicles impacted by five separate campaigns.

by on Jul.08, 2013

Chrysler's 200 sedan is one of the maker's many models covered by five separate new recalls.

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 840,000 vehicles due to a series of safety-related issued, putting new stress on the Detroit maker’s efforts to rebuild its reputation for quality, reliability and durability.

The problems cover a wide range of issues, including faulty head restraints, airbag software glitches and electronic stability control systems. The quintet of recalls comes just weeks after the maker reluctantly agreed to call back 1.2 million Jeeps due to potential fire hazards.

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Though the Jeep recall was significantly smaller than federal safety regulators originally sought it nonetheless means that Chrysler has so far had more individual vehicles sold in the U.S. covered by recall orders than any other maker.

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Jeep Recall Much Smaller than NHTSA Demanded

Only 1.5 mil vehicles under recall; another 1.2 mil subject to limited “service action.”

by on Jun.19, 2013

Almost 1.2 million Jeep Grand Cherokees built between 1999 and 2004 will be subject to a "service action," not a recall.

About 1.2 million Jeeps originally listed as part of a controversial recall demanded by federal safety authorities have been effectively excluded from the compromise between Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, TheDetroitBureau.com has learned.

A potential showdown between the Detroit maker and NHTSA was narrowly averted on Tuesday, hours before a deadline for Chrysler to either accept or reject the recall of 2007 older Jeeps the government was demanding. NHTSA claimed the Grand Cherokee and Liberty models were at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions, a problem the government linked to at least 51 reported deaths.

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After initially saying it was not going to recall the vehicles – insisting there was no defect – Chrysler reversed course on Tuesday afternoon and announced a settlement.  Initial reports indicated the maker had essentially caved to NHTSA’s demands and would recall the 2.7 million SUVs, including Grand Cherokees sold between 1993 and 2004, and Liberty models marketed between 2002 and 2007.

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Chrysler Caves to Feds – Will Recall 2.7 Million Jeeps

Bows to court of public opinion but maintains there’s no defect.

by on Jun.18, 2013

A 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of the 2.7 million vehicles covered by the recall.

In a sudden and unexpected shift, Chrysler has decided to acquiesce to a demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and recall 2.7 million older Jeeps federal regulators claim are at risk of catching fire in rear-end collisions.

The maker has issued a statement advising that it “will conduct a voluntary campaign with respect to the vehicles in question that, in addition to a visual inspection of the vehicle will, if necessary, provide an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.”

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As recently as this morning, Chrysler officials were signaling that they would reject the recall request even if that meant squaring up with NHTSA in court. But a senior Chrysler source acknowledged that the maker came to recognize it might be able to win that battle yet still could lose in the court of public opinion.

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