With this new age of computers and digital life we live in today, vehicles makers have responded with more electronics and computerized functions than ever before. Jeep is no exception, and together with their long history of recalls on their vehicles
, they now have to contend with one more. Currently they are recalling a potential 1.4 million vehicles that use Chrysler's "UConnect
" dashboard computers. These may have a vulnerability to be hacked, allowing a person to take over the dashboard functions, which can include steering, the transmission, and brake systems. It seems these systems use cell carrier Sprint's network to connect to the vehicles via the Internet. While hacking is nothing new to the cyber world, it's now becoming a common battle with all kinds of devices, and autos are just now becoming into the spotlight with the increasing installation of more and more computer based systems. Interesting, the recall remedy is different as well. In most past recalls, this would mean making an appointment, a trip to the dealership, waiting for hours to have the repair (upgrade) performed, and this is usually months after you've been informed there was even a recall. This fix / upgrade can be done without a trip to your local Jeep dealership at all. The software patch can be downloaded from online and put on a thumb drive, or, Chrysler / Jeep plans on sending out some of the patches on thumb drives themselves. (Allowing a Customer to install the patch via the thumb drive port on the dashboard of the affected vehicle). Currently, some of the vehicles listed that may have the vulnerability are the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee
and Grand Cherokees
, Dodge Ram trucks
, and some other Dodge Chrysler models. The initial hack was discovered by two security experts at WIRED magazine. Though, in all fairness, it did take them over a year to discover and figure out how to exploit an attack (as tested). If you have the UConnect feature on your vehicle, you may want to contact Chrysler / Jeep for more details.