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‘Premature’ to Blame Anton Yelchin’s Death on Jeep, Company Says

”Star Trek“ actor’s SUV may have been part of April recall

Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) says it’s too early to assign blame in actor Anton Yelchin‘s accidental death, but the car company is looking into what happened.

In the interim, the Jeep manufacturer shared its “deepest sympathies” for the family via a media statement on Monday.

“FCA US extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Yelchin,” the Detroit-based corporation told TheWrap. “The company will be conducting a thorough investigation of this tragic incident. It is premature to speculate on its cause at this time.”

The 27-year-old actor appears to have been pinned and killed by his reported late-model Jeep Grand Cherokee this past weekend. The young man’s lifeless body was found stuck between his own car and a brick mailbox at his San Fernando Valley home, police told TheWrap.

This past April, certain 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees were recalled by FCA, following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study that investigated 14 complaints of “rollaway” after intended transmission shifts to the “Park” gear.

As of Apr. 12, 2016, FCA US had identified approximately 700 field reports potentially related to the issue, which included 212 crashes, 308 claims of property damage and 41 injuries, the company offered in its own report.

“The vehicles involved in these events were inspected and no evidence of equipment failure was found,” FCA said at the time.

Still, the Detroit-based automotive manufacturer voluntarily recalled an estimated 811,586 mid-size SUVs and full-size cars in the U.S., “to reduce the effect of potential driver error by enhancing warnings and transmission shift strategy.”

Yelchin was known for his roles in the “Star Trek” reboots and “Alpha Dog.”