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Vehicles recalled for rollaway risk

In previous posts we have written about the recall of airbags installed in many of the vehicles on roads in both the United States as well as Canada. Recently, issues with another part of certain vehicles were in the news, after a fairly well-known actor died, potentially as a result of a defect.

The recall involves certain Jeep vehicles, manufactured by Fiat Chrysler, that are rollaway risks. The issue is apparently fixable, with an upgrade to the vehicles’ software. The automaker recently indicated the software upgrades will be available for vehicle owners by the end of June. The update will install and “auto park” feature. As a result of the upgrade, even if a driver forgets to put the vehicle into the park mode before getting out, the vehicle will do it automatically. A total of 1.1 million Jeep vehicles were included in this recall.

The death of the actor that brought this issue to light for many occurred earlier this month. It appears that he died as a result of injuries suffered when he was pinned in between his vehicle and a brick wall and fence, after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward in his driveway.

An investigation into the death of the actor is currently underway by multiple entities including local law enforcement, U.S. safety officials and the vehicle manufacturer. Depending on the outcome, it is possible the man’s loved ones could decide to take legal action. While a successful case will not bring the man back, it could make it easier for those left behind to move on with their lives.

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