FCA recalls 1.4M vehicles over hackable software

A recent report has prompted a major recall by FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a safety recall covering 1.4 million cars, trucks and SUVs to address a potential security risk the vehicles' Uconnect infotainment systems. The recall comes just days after a media report revealed certain FCA vehicles are vulnerable to hacker attacks.

The recall covers several different makes and models, including the Dodge Viper, Durango, Challenger and Charger; Ram pickup truck; Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee; and Chrysler 200 and 300. The recall, which covers 2013-2015 model year vehicles, only applies vehicles equipped with FCA's 8.4-inch infotainment system.

According to FCA, the software fix will prevent "remote manipulation” of a vehicle's systems. In a recent Wired report it was revealed that it is possible to access vehicle systems like HVAC and radio functions, as well as brakes and steering, via Uconnect's cellular connection.

In order to speed the recall, FCA will send out USB sticks containing the software update to customers. The update can also be performed at a FCA dealer.

FCA says it is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the software glitch. Moreover, FCA says it is unaware of any vehicle hackings outside of the Wired report.

"No defect has been found,” the automaker said in a statement. "FCA US is conducting this campaign out of an abundance of caution.”

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