Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall 1.4 million vehicles due to a cybersecurity flaw that could lead to a vehicle’s system being hacked.
According to two security researchers, they tested a security hole in the Chrysler Jeep’s UConnect system and gained access to a vehicle through the entertainment system. They were able to cut the vehicle’s brakes and transmission.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the cybersecurity threat as well as monitoring Fiat Chrysler’s recall. Recently, the NHTSA announced it would be creating a new division that would conduct research on safety, security, and reliability of interconnected, electronic vehicle systems.
Fiat Chrysler maintains that it did not receive any hacking reports and that the recall was a preemptive measure. The company plans to send customers a USB drive that can be used to download new software, and update the entertainment system. Consumers who may not feel comfortable updating the software on their own may visit a local dealership to complete the process.
Some of the vehicles recalled include the Dodge Durango SUV, Ram pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
Fiat Chrysler was recently ordered to pay a $105 million civil penalty by the NHTSA for the way the company handled a slew of recalls over the past decade. Additionally, the company must repair thousands of vehicles with safety defects and offer a buyback program for thousands of vehicles that were recalled, but never repaired.
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