New suit against automaker mentions Anton Yelchin's death

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A new lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler prominently mentions "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin, who was killed last weekend by an SUV under recall. The suit was filed Thursday in California federal court on behalf of four people who own cars that are among the 1.1 million FCA...

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              FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, file photo, 2015 Grand Cherokees appear on display at a Fiat Chrysler dealership in Doral, Fla. Fiat Chrysler is speeding up a recall of 1.1 million vehicles with confusing gear shifters like one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, the company announced Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Yelchin, 27, known for playing Chekov in the rebooted series, died Sunday, June 19, after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a mailbox pillar and security fence at his home in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A new lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler prominently mentions "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin, who was killed last weekend by an SUV under recall.

The suit was filed Thursday in California federal court on behalf of four people who own cars that are among the 1.1 million FCA vehicles recalled worldwide amid complaints from drivers. Some have said they can't tell if the transmission is in park after stopping.

The lawsuit says the shifter issue potentially caused Yelchin's death Sunday, when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward and pinned him against a brick mailbox. Police are still investigating, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the death may be related.

An FCA spokesman says the company hasn't been served with the lawsuit and it would be inappropriate to comment.

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