Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is now addressing the remote hacking incident which was recently tested by security solutions company IOActive, on a Jeep Cherokee that can allow hackers to manipulate its infotainment system and key controls.
The company is now conducting a voluntary safety recall on 1.4 million vehicles in the US fitted with the 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Made to prevent ‘remote manipulation’, the software update shields the infotainment system from hacking by blocking remote access on certain vehicle systems.
So far, FCA stated that there no reports yet of injuries or deaths due to remote manipulation nor are they aware of any related complaints, warranty claims or accidents.
Vehicles affected by the voluntary safety recall are the following:
2013-2015 Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
2015 Chrysler 200, 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
2015 Dodge Challenger sport coupes
Customers that are part of the voluntary safety recall will receive a USB device that has the necessary vehicle software upgrade that installs additional security features.
FCA customers that are unsure whether their vehicle/s are affected by the recall can go to http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/ and input their Vehicle Identification Number/s to check if their automobiles need the software upgrade.