But was it really "freak? Enter a caption optional Are you kidding me? The recall was conducted because while the unfortunate Yelchin was the first reported fatality, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation has linked the design of the Monostable shifter to accidents and 41 injuries as of April of this year. Look at the freaking instructions for how to use this thing: The driver must check the letters atop the shifter or on the dashboard to see what gear it's in. Over the weekend Anton Yelchin, the year-old actor known for playing Chekov in the recent Star Trek movies, was killed in what was referred to as "a freak accident" in his Los Angeles driveway. As Autoweek reports, The [Monostable] issue itself is not a fault of engineering but rather design , as the shifter returns to the default center position without giving the driver sufficient feedback as to the selected gear. In contrast, the more traditional automatic shifter design is to move the lever to a particular angle, where it remains. Sadly, it appears Yelchin had not submitted his vehicle to the recall. Perhaps it's easier to manufacture. Enter a caption optional Enter a caption optional The manufacturer calls it the "Monostable" shifter, and it seems to us that it fails to achieve its most basic purpose, which is to allow the driver to easily change gears and know precisely which gear it's in. Enter a caption optional The Monostable shifter does not appear to offer any performance advantage or improvement to the UI that we can see. This brings us to the design of the Grand Cherokee's shifter: The NHTSA has called the operation of the shifter "unintuitive" and had opened an investigation into the issue months ago. Remaining in the position where you last manipulated it to is, we think, a better design for enforcing in the user's mind what gear you're in. Enter a caption optional Yelchin was found crushed between his car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the security gate at the end of his driveway. It appears that Yelchin had exited his car and walked behind it, perhaps to close the gate, and apparently believed the transmission was in "Park.