Fiat Chrysler Recall

Published: July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Recall, Fiat Chrysler on Friday issued a sweeping recall of 1.4 million vehicles to fix a software flaw that could allow hackers to remotely gain control of the vehicle, including cutting off the engine and brakes, and even the steering.

The vulnerability was revealed this week by two technology researchers who demonstrated how they successfully hacked a Jeep Cherokee through Chrysler’s Uconnect entertainment and connectivity system. The hackers were able to take control of the Jeep’s systems while sitting miles away in a St. Louis basement.

The researchers alerted the auto maker before making their findings public, and Fiat Chrysler released a software patch that customers could download or have installed at a dealer. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it felt the problem required a formal recall, which the auto maker has agreed to undertake.

“Launching a recall is the right step to protect Fiat Chrysler’s customers, and it sets an important precedent for how NHTSA and the industry will respond to cybersecurity vulnerabilities,” Mark Rosekind, the agency’s administrator, said in a statement Friday.

Mr. Rosekind also said that the agency was opening an investigation into the matter to “better assess the effectiveness of the remedy proposed by Fiat Chrysler.”

The company will send affected owners a USB drive they can plug into their vehicles to install a software update. Owners can also download the update directly onto their own portable drive. Additionally, Fiat Chrysler said it had “applied network-level security measures” on the cellular network that communicates with its vehicles as another step to block the vulnerability.

The company said it was unaware of any injuries, complaints, warranty claims or accidents associated with the hacking vulnerability, aside from the two researchers’ own demonstrations.

The recall affects certain vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touch screens from the 2013 model year onward, the company said. That includes some Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees, Dodge Durangos, Ram pickup trucks, Chrysler 200 and 300 sedans, Dodge Chargers and Vipers.


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