We live in a crazy technological age. Oftentimes, that can mean awesome new innovations, but modern technology also gives rise to a lot of scary possibilities and drawbacks. One such instance just prompted Fiat-Chrysler to recall 1.4 million cars, and this recall is a lot stranger than the defective airbags and faulty ignition switches that have led to recent, large-scale recalls.
Fiat-Chrysler was forced to issue a huge recall this week due to vulnerabilities in several car models that could potentially allow hackers to remotely control the cars over the internet. No, this is not the plot of some crazy science fiction movie; this is a real issue that could give rise to some truly terrifying consequences. Several Fiat-Chrysler vehicles – specifically, those outfitted with a Uconnect infotainment system – have been successfully hacked in tests by cybersecurity personnel. These testers were able to gain access to the cars from their computers, and access the powertrain, effectively turning the affected vehicles into their own remote-controlled playthings.
Vehicles that are affected by this security recall include the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, 2013-2015 Ram 1500/2500/3500/4500/5500; 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango; and the 2015 Chrysler 200, 300, and Dodge Charger and Challenger. According to cyber security researchers and experts, the Jeep Cherokee currently holds the dubious distinction of being the “most hackable” car in the world, which is something that we imagine is not a source of pride for the automakers at Fiat-Chrysler.
Fiat-Chrysler is addressing the issue by sending affected customers a USB drive with a software update, which the company claims will patch all of these vulnerabilities. Fortunately, outside of the tests done on these security measures, nobody has been confirmed to have successfully hacked into one of the vehicles and taken control, so it seems that the problem will be addressed before any unfortunate injuries occur.
If you want to see if your car is affected by this recall, you can enter your VIN number on the recall website here. If you’re not affected, just count your blessings and stay cognizant of the risks of technology!