2014 Jeep Cherokee hacking recall
On the heels of Jeep Cherokee hack, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Dodge owners will get a USB drive in the mail
It didn’t take long for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to take action on the Jeep Cherokee hacking incident. The company initiated a voluntary safety recall on Friday to update 1.4 million vehicles equipped with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen.
On Tuesday, Wired released a report on two computer experts who succeeded in remotely hacking and taking control of a Cherokee from miles away using the Web-connected infotainment system. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to control the Jeep’s dashboard functions, steering, brakes and transmission from a laptop.
Affected vehicles include:
2013-2015 Dodge Viper
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cab trucks
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee
2014-2015 Dodge Durango
2015 Chrysler 200, 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger
FCA says it isn’t aware of any injuries related to the system’s exploitation, nor any complaints or warranty claims.
This safety recall, though big, is an easy one. FCA will send customers a USB drive that will upgrade the software, providing additional safety features. Customers can log on to http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/ to input their VIN numbers and find out if their car is affected. If you have the Uconnect system, you should probably check.
FCA made this statement, in bold, to end its press release.
“The software manipulation addressed by this recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code.”
Customers with questions or concerns can call FCA’s U.S. customer care center at (800) 853-1403.