More than one million Chrysler vehicles recalled over vulnerable software

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 7/24/2015

Just days after Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced the SPY Car Act, Chrysler has filed a recall that affects 1.4 million vehicles. Software systems in affected vehicles are vulnerable to hacking.

Identified as early as January 2014, the defect can allow a third party to penetrate the software security and possibly control parts of the vehicle system. Certain models of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles from 2013 to 2015 are part of the recall. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified and mailed a USB drive that will update the software and eliminate the vulnerability. The software update can also be downloaded onto a personal USB drive by visiting

Back in January 2004, FCA US LLC – formerly Chrysler Group LLC – identified the security breach through a penetration test. FCA US immediately began working on solutions and improvements to the issue.

On July 14, an FCA US committee approved of a measure to provide affected customers with an extended warranty program to provide free software updated. The following day, the company contacted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a Technical Service Bulletin. Single market testing was successfully complete on July 23, leading to the recent nationwide recall.

Chrysler vehicles affected are:

  • 2015 Chrysler 200
  • 2015 Chrysler 300
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger
  • 2015 Dodge Charger
  • 2014-2015 Dodge Durango
  • 2013-2015 Dodge Viper
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500

To date, no real-world system hacks have occurred. Only systems in a research setting are known to have been breached.

Owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. The recall number is R40.

On July 23, Land Line reported on a new bill introduced to the Senate titled the Security and Privacy in Your Car Act, or SPY Car Act. The bill addresses the issue of hackers gaining access to motor vehicle computer systems. SPY Car Act will require manufacturers to set and apply safety standards to ensure vehicle systems cannot be compromised. In consultation with the Federal Trade Commission, NHTSA will regulate and enforce the SPY Care Act if signed into law.

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