Anton Yelchin Death Scene Photos

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last August opened an investigation into the matter after receiving 14 complaints alleging the vehicle had rolled away after the driver thought they had shifted it into park.

In a statement from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the company says that it's working towards enhanced warnings and "transmission-shift strategy" on the vehicles. The company said at the time that it was aware of 41 potentially related injuries. Friends found him dead at 1 a.m. Sunday, the actor having left his home sometime before 11 p.m. Saturday, according to

There have been a lot of questions about how Yelchin died since he was found early Sunday morning.

The death of Yelchin, 27, on Saturday is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Police, but the department confirmed Monday that Yelchin's vehicle was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Because the electronic gear shifter, or "e-shifter", Fiat Chrystler outfitted these cars and SUVs with led some drivers to believe their vehicle was in park when it was not.

Anton Yelchin's untimely death may have been caused by a confusing gear shifter in his Jeep.

"Anton was an huge talent", said his "Star Trek" co-star Jason Matthew Smith in a statement.

In April, the automaker said it would recall 811,586 vehicles in the USA for the issue (more than 1.1 million in North America), and the recall included the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

In April, Fiat Chrysler's recall covered 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers, 2012-2014 Chrysler 300s and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees.

"The victim was on his way to meet his friends for a rehearsal and when he didn't show up, his friends went to his house where they found him deceased by his auto", Houser told CNN on Sunday.

Yelchin will posthumously star in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Beyond, opening July 22.

The LA County Medical Examiner's office concluded that Yelchin's death is a tragic accident, and it's believed that Yelchin neglected to put the Jeep firmly in park before he walked behind the auto. The results of any toxicology tests would not be known for months, coroner spokesman Ed Winter said.

Director J.J. Abrams, who cast Yelchin in the franchise, wrote in a statement that he was "brilliant. kind. amusing as hell, and supremely talented".

In the interim, the Jeep manufacturer shared its "deepest sympathies" for the family via a media statement on Monday. "And you weren't here almost long enough".

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