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Jun 22, 2016 4:22 PM

After Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin killed, Fiat Chrysler speeds up shifter recall

The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is speeding up a recall that will fix vehicles with confusing gear shifters like the one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin.

Yelchin died Sunday after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a mailbox pillar and fence at his home in Los Angeles.

His Jeep was among 1.1 million vehicles recalled in April after drivers complained that they had trouble telling if the transmission was in "park" after stopping. Many reported the vehicles rolled off unexpectedly when the driver exited.

Fiat Chrysler says dealers started getting software updates last week that fix the problem. Safety advocates have questioned why it was taking so long.

Letters will be mailed starting June 24 telling owners to schedule service appointments.

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