The Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in the accident that killed 'Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin in Los Angeles on Sunday was one of 1.1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles worldwide subject to a recall to address a transmission design flaw that was cited in several similar incidents, though none of the others were fatal.
Is this a quirky thing that was forced on Jeep by parent company Fiat? Maybe Fiat engineers should just keep the heck out of the way and let Jeep just be the usual dependable Jeep.
Fiat engineers dictated much of the engineering in the new Dodge Dart and look what happened there. The Dart is more of a European car (and a quirky one at that) than something that was desiged in America.
One automotive writer wrote about the “Dodge Dart belly flop” calling it the “canary in the coal mine for Chrysler.”
Many other automotive critics were even less kind.
Fiat engineers ruined the Dart. Are they bent on ruining the Jeep as well?