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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles Due to Security Issue

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Victoria Burguess2 years ago

On Friday, July 24, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a 1.4 million vehicle recall after hackers demonstrated that they were able to hack the system via the internet.

Details of the Fiat Chrysler Recall

According to PBS, the vehicles affected were ones with a specific radio and 8.4-inch touch screens. Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and RAM brands are just a few of the more popular brands included in the recall.

The security researchers who had performed the test of seeing if the vehicles were hackable had been sitting in a basement miles away from the test vehicle when they were able to hack it. They were able to control its AC and radio, disable the transmission, track the GPS, and in some instances, immobilize the brakes, and control the steering.

Customers with affected vehicles will be given a USB that will patch the system. Mechanics at the dealerships where these vehicles are sold will also be able to update the software. Fiat Chrysler expressed how difficult and work intensive it would be to hack the systems, meaning that if unauthorized, the act would be criminal.

The security researchers who had researched this hack plan on releasing information about it in hopes of spreading the word about how fatal a system hack could be.

Vehicles Included in the Fiat Chrysler Recall

The following information was provided by KTLA:

  • 2013-2015 Dodge Viper
  • 2013-2015 Ram 1500 Pickup
  • 2013-2015 Ram 2500 Pickup
  • 2013-2015 Ram 3500 Pickup
  • 2013-2015 Ram 3500 Chassis Cab
  • 2013-2015 Ram 4500 Chassis Cab
  • 2013-2015 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2014-2015 Dodge Durango
  • 2015 Chrysler 200
  • 2015 Chrysler 300
  • 2015 Dodge Charger
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger


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