Is your vehicle safe? Fiat Chrysler is in the hot seat with a double whammy alongside Takata for millions of vehicle recalls for airbags AND software hacking.
While Takata is tackling an airbag recall situation in one of the most massive recalls in history, the Fiat Chrysler recall is about protecting vehicles from hackers and overly sensitive airbag sensors.
In a story just announced (see the video below), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has fined Fiat Chrysler $1.7 million for its overly sensitive Dodge Ram airbag sensor light. This new headache comes on the heels of the recently announced software hacking and remote control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV.
Two well-known hackers who make a living trying to hack into software have done Fiat Chrysler a favor. The two men remotely took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV via its UConnect entertainment system. The hackers were able to change the speed of the car, use the brakes and adjust wipers and other features. Fiat Chrysler was notified in October that the two hackers had successfully gained control of the Jeep Cherokee, and the auto maker decided to issue a recall.
According to the Associated Press, there is a list of vehicles with 8.4 inch touchscreens affected and that require a software patch:
- 2013 to 2015 Ram pickups and chassis cabs
- Dodge Viper sports cars
- 2014 and 2015 Dodge Durango
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Cherokee SUVs
- 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300
- Dodge Charger
- Dodge Challenger
In a Newsy report on August 2, 2015, the biggest brand in audio systems and electronics, Harmon Kardon, is being investigated by NHTSA after two hackers took remote control of a Jeep Cherokee via its infotainment system. The official investigation opened July 29, 2015, according to AutoBlog.
NHTSA says there may be 2.8 million vehicles equipped with the same infotainment unit as the hacked Fiat Chrysler Jeep Cherokee, and that an investigation is being launched.
Newsy Report on Fiat Chrysler Airbag Fine, Hacking
What do you think? Is your vehicle safe from the Fiat Chrysler recall, Takata airbags or Harmon Kardon entertainment systems?