Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is conducting a voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles to update their infotainment software following a high-profile hack that brought a Jeep Cherokee to a halt to a busy highway.
Designed to prevent "remote manipulation" of FCA products, the software update will block remote access to certain vehicle systems. The company has also "applied network-level security measures to prevent the type of remote manipulation demonstrated" by Wired earlier this month.
The recall effects a number of models equipped with the 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system including:
- 2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
- 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
- 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
- 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
- 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
- 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
- 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes
Owners will receive a USB device that can be used to upgrade their vehicle's software. Chrysler says it provides "additional security features independent of the network-level measures."
Despite the enormous amount of attention the hacking incident has received, FCA says they're "conducting this campaign out of an abundance of caution" and 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."