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Anton Yelchin's parents ready to sue for wrongful death

Published 01/08/2016

Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin

The actor's car had been among the models recalled in April (16).

The parents of tragic star Anton Yelchin are preparing to sue automakers over the wrongful death of their son.

The Star Trek actor was killed in a freak car accident in June (16), when he was pinned between a brick pillar and his car after it rolled backwards down the steep driveway of his home in San Fernando Valley, California.

Officials listed the 27-year-old's cause of death as blunt traumatic asphyxia, and now his mum Irina and dad Viktor have hired lawyers to launch legal action after it was revealed his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee had been one of the 1.1 million cars recalled by manufacturers in April (16) over a fault with the gear shift, which makes drivers think their vehicle is in park when it's actually in neutral.

The family's attorney tells TMZ.com the Yelchins are planning to sue bosses at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the creators of the Jeep, and manufacturer ZF North America, as well as executives at car retail chain AutoNation, where Anton is thought to have purchased the car.

They are seeking punitive damages "for the wrongful death of their son due to significant defects" in the vehicle, according to the publication.

Fiat Chrysler chiefs launched an investigation into Yelchin's incident following his headline-grabbing death, while they were hit with a class action lawsuit from fellow car owners days after Anton's accident.

Lawyers from consumer rights firm Hagens Berman Sobel Shapiro LLP filed a federal complaint on behalf of three plaintiffs - Deryl Wall, Justine Andollo, and Danielle and Joby Hackett - accusing executives at Fiat Chrysler of intentionally covering up fatal design flaws and deaths from the defects.

The Yelchins are planning to formally announce the lawsuit in a press conference with their attorney, Gary Dordick, in Los Angeles on Tuesday (02Aug16).

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