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Jeep and chrysler recall almost 50000 cars in australia because they can roll away when left in park

JEEP is recalling almost 50,000 vehicles in Australia because they can roll away when the automatic transmission is left in the “park” position — a fault that has been linked to the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin in the US this week.

According to US reports, the actor was found pinned against a gate post by his Jeep Grand Cherokee after it rolled backwards down a steep driveway.

A recall of 1.1 million Jeep and Chrysler vehicles was already underway in the US when the actors death occurred.

The car maker is investigating whether or not the recall work had been done to his vehicle prior to the incident.

A statement from Jeep in the US issued condolences to the actors family but said it was premature to speculate on the cause of this tragedy.

A warning issued today by the Australian Governments website says: The vehicle may roll away striking and injuring the driver, passenger or bystanders.

The recall notice says drivers may inadvertently fail to engage the park position before exiting the vehicle.

The recall has shone a spotlight on the design of the automatic gear levers used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 sedan, which are easy to not engage into park properly.

Jeep and Chrysler Australia says it is voluntarily recalling 47,451 vehicles to enhance transmission warnings and transmission-shift strategy via a software update.

The company says there have been no reports of roll away incidents in Australia.

The recall modifications will combine warnings and a transmission-shift strategy to automatically prevent a vehicle from moving, under certain circumstances, even if the driver fails to select park.

In the meantime, Jeep and Chrysler Australia urges all customers to refer to their owners manual that outlines correct operation of the Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 transmission, including selecting park, ensuring the engine is switched off and engaging the parking brake before exiting the vehicle.

The recall affects 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WDs (44,212 vehicles) and 2012-2014 Chrysler 300 sedans (3239 vehicles) equipped with electronic shift levers that return to a centre position after selecting drive, neutral, reverse or park.

Jeep and Chrysler have issued nine recall notices in Australia in the first six months of this year, compared to 12 for the 2015 calendar year and a record 16 the year before.

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Meet woman who says it is possible to buy a 1million home at 30

A WOMAN who has bought a dream apartment in Sydney thanks to sensible investment, is advising twenty-somethings to think ahead when it comes to buying property.

Gabi Stephen, 31, and husband Joey, 36, have secured a $1.1 million two bed unit on Fairy Bower Road, near Shelly Beach on the citys northern beaches.

Mrs Stephen says buying in to the tough Manly market was made possible because she bought an investment unit in Pennant Hills when she was 25.

Mrs Stephen, a sustainability consultant and former event manager, saved up $20,000 in her teens and twenties, allowing her to put down a deposit on a $190,000 studio in a residential complex.

I lived with my parents and worked all the way through high school and did part time jobs. Even when I went travelling and did seasons in the snow in Japan and Canada I worked the whole time.

My earnings went in to savings. Half of my tax back each year would be spent on travelling and the rest would go in to savings, Mrs Stephen said.

Mrs Stephen rented out the Pennant Hills property immediately.

At first I was charging $290 per week in rent and breaking even, but each year I was able to put the rent up until I was making $1000 extra on top of the rent, she said.

The extra funds, along with additional savings, allowed Mrs Stephen and her husband, a project manager, to each put a sizeable share in to the 10 per cent deposit on their 75 sq m Manly unit.

Mrs Stephens studio goes up for sale on Saturday and is expected to fetch $290,000 an $100,000 increase on the purchase price.

I wouldnt have been able to get a property loan if it wasnt for Pennant Hills. It hasnt been a burden to me in the slightest.

I was never out of rent for more than a day, Mrs Stephen said.

She advised young investors not to procrastinate and to get on to the property market by living at home, saving and scouting out an affordable area with a high rental return.

In your 20s you dont necessarily want to be thinking about being tied down to a mortgage, but it is so important to make these decisions when you are young, she said.


Live with your parents or in a shared house

Save (but still have fun). Put away half of your tax return or bonus and use the rest for travel.

Buy in an area you can afford you dont want to be a slave to a mortgage in your twenties

Research and find a pocket where you get high rent for your mortgage, for example Pennant Hills is close to Macquarie University


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