Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against the makers of Jeep Grand Cherokees Fiat Chrysler, as well as ZF North America, which manufactured the gear shift of the car that killed the actor.
Victor and Irina Yelchin filed the wrongful death and product liability lawsuit in Los Angeles.
The car had crushed the 27-year-old after it rolled backwards, pinning the actor against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles on June 19. The LAPD and Fiat Chrysler are still investigating the death, but it appears that it could be the first fatality related to the rollaway issue.
Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 800,000 vehicles in April, after receiving hundreds of rollaway complaints.
The lawsuit states that the cause of the accident was due to faulty gear selector. It claims that the vehicle’s ‘park’ setting were not engaging properly.
Responding to the recall notice for a Jeep Grand Cherokee mail to Yelchin seven days after his death, his family’s attorney Gary Dordick said, “”The safety recall was way too little and way too late. They should have never used this device,” according to Variety.com report.
Yelchin’s parents also appeared at the press conference and offered an emotional remembrance of their son.
“He was our only son. It is against nature when a parent buries his own child,” Viktor said.
“He never cared about being a star,” Irina said, wiping tears from her eyes.
“He loved life very much. His death is going to save some other life,” she added.
Yelchin is best known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Start Trek franchise’s third Star Trek Beyond, which released two week ago. His unreleased projects, include the Netflix animated series Trollhunters and four films.
(With inputs from IANS/Agencies)