FCA US LLC has issued a voluntary safety recall for the Jeep Renegade to update its software in order to prevent hacking.
Car hacking is a serious problem these days and one of the first vehicles to be recalled because of this issue is the Jeep Renegade. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, there are approximately 7, 810 vehicles on the US market which will have to be taken back to the dealers because of a software glitch.
“The campaign – which involves radios that differ from those implicated in another, similar recall – is designed to protect connected vehicles from remote manipulation. If unauthorized, such interference constitutes a criminal act. FCA US has already applied measures to prevent the type of vehicle manipulation demonstrated in a recent media report. These measures – which required no customer or dealer actions – block remote access to certain vehicle systems”, says FCA in its official press release.
The car manufacturer is currently unaware of any injuries related to the software exploitation and it is also not aware of any related complaints, warranty claims or accidents. The affected Jeep Renegade SUVs have been equipped with the 6.5-inch touch screens. Owners of these vehicles will be receiving an USB device which they may use to upgrade the software. This is apparently providing additional security features. Customers will not be paying anything for the software as this will be provided free of charge by FCA. For any extra details on the topic, owners of the above mentioned model can contact FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403.