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Anton Yelchin Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Jeep Parts Supplier Can’t Reduce Claims in Suit Over Actor’s Death

July 5, 2017
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph C. Hofer has denied a motion by auto-parts manufacturer ZF North America to drop negligence and breach of warranty charges in a case involving the wrongful death of young actor Anton Yelchin.

Yelchin died in 2016 when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway, crushing and killing him. The suit alleges that the vehicle’s gear selector, which was manufactured by ZF North America, was defective, and that ZF as well as Jeep parent company Fiat Chrysler were negligent and thereby liable for Yelchin’s death.

Hofer ruled that the claims as filed were proper and appropriate, and rejected ZF’s arguments that it should be exempted for any potential punitive damages in the upcoming trial.

Yelchin, who was best known for his portrayal as Chekov in the recent Star Trek movies, was regarded as a promising and talented young actor. He was 27 when he died.

The suit claims, in part, that Jeep and ZF were aware of the defect, and of its potentially hazardous – even fatal – consequences.

Yelchin’s Jeep model, as well as some other vehicles made by Fiat Chrysler, is subject to a recall launched last year over their gear selectors. At issue is whether the gear selectors clearly indicate when the vehicles are in the “park” gear. The recall was issued five days after Yelchin’s death.

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