Could Anton Yelchin’s Tragedy Have Been Avoided?

by on June 28, 2016

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Anton Yelchin in Star Trek Into Darkness

It’s obvious we may all know about it, but in case you missed it, but up and coming actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, has died via a tragic accident at his home involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. He has up to five movies that he’s been working on, still up for release in theaters, those being Rosemary, We Don’t Belong Here, Star Trek Beyond, Porto and Thoroughbred.

The accident that took place was when his Jeep rolled down his driveway and hit/pinned him against a pillar at the bottom of his driveway.

Anton was found dead, pinned between Jeep and gate, with the motor still running.

According to sources, he died within minutes of being hit. If this is correct, he did not languish and suffer. He had extensive injuries to his chest and head, where sources say his lungs were crushed.

But aside from these sad details, this drives home a very sad point about safety, much like the death of Dale Earnhardt did in NASCAR.

Sadly, his Jeep had a recall out on it involving the e-shift process, where a driver might think the vehicle is in park but in actuallity, was still in neutral.

Had Yelchin actually taken his Jeep in and had it serviced, he would probably be alive today.

But when recalls are announced, though they seem distant and not important or critical to you, they actually could be.

When I put in my other consumer’s blog about the recalls from infant cribs or toys that choke and kill children, I know the situations seem too distant from you to be an issue. I mean, you may think “that won’t happen to me/us.” But sadly there are people out there that have been dramatically or tragically corrected about that presumption.

The point is, if you see, hear or receive a notice about a product recall, no matter how trivial it appears, it can’t hurt to check it out or follow through on it.

A very boring example of mine is that I received a notice about some power strip adapters that were heating up and starting house fires. When I compared the serial numbers of the affected power strips to the one I had been using, sure enough I had one.

But I had owned it for a few years. Surely since it had not heated up on me by now, it won’t, right? Despite my “educated guess,” I decided to look at my power adapter. When I touched it, it was extremely hot. And that had me wondering just how long it had been this hot? Or how lucky I had been for that period of time and not become one of the statistics.

SO take heed, keep educated and don’t get too lazy when it comes to product recalls. Even if they could be remotely related to you, do you and your family a favor and confirm that you are safe.

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