Don't Worry! Your Security is Safe with FCA!
If you’ve been on the internet recently, then you have definitely heard about the Wired.com story about hackers taking over the tech aspects of a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. While some are playing the blame game and pointing fingers, what’s really important is how we can fix the issue. While the matter was taken very seriously (in fact so seriously that FCA recalled 1.4 million vehicles for a software update) it’s imperative that consumers know what they can do to protect themselves from being technologically vulnerable.
While some people just want a car to take them from point A to point B, others want their vehicle to be a little more tech-savvy, and that’s what Jeeps have been evolving to accomodate. With new technology comes new responsibility. Much like a smart phone or laptop, these vehicles require software updates to keep running smoothly. With the updates comes new software protection that intend to make sure vehicles aren’t vulnerable to hackers while also increase performance, etc. When the 1.4 million vehicles were recalled, Fiat-Chrysler’s goal was to eliminate the problem. If you own a vehicle that was impacted (those with 8.4 Uconnect with or without navigation) by this hack, then the best thing you can do for you and your car is to find how to fix it and get it done. Luckily, there is one. If you’re not sure if your vehicle could be affected by this hack, here’s a handy list of vehicles that could potentially be affected:
2015 Chrysler 200
2015 Chrysler 300
2015 Dodge Challenger
2014-15 Dodge Durango
2013-15 Dodge SRT Viper
2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2013-15 Ram 1500 pickup
2013-15 Ram 2500 pickup
2013-15 Ram 3500 pickup
2013-15 Ram pickup (Mexico)
2013-15 Ram 3500 cab chassis
2013-15 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis
Fiat-Chrysler issued TSB, or technical service bulletins, that “improved radio security protection to reduce the potential risk of unauthorized and unlawful access to vehicle systems”. The company also has a website where you can key in your vehicle Identification number, or VIN (located on vehicles documents or on the metal plate that is at the base of your windshield) in and download the new updated software. If you were affected by the recall, you will receive a USB that you can use to update the software as well, and all its added security measures.
Still have questions? Come down to Mancari at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, or give us a call at (888) 563-8082.