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Are Hackable Cars the Fear of the Future?

In lieu of the latest vehicle recall, Chrysler has recalled over 1.4 million cars because they can be hacked by people remotely via the Internet. Furthermore, a flaw in many Chrysler models can allow hackers to control them remotely, which can cause several safety concerns. For instance, hackers can disable the brakes, turn the engine off, drive the vehicle off the road, and make all electronics go haywire. Either way it’s a scary situation for drivers and manufactures alike.

As of Thursday, Chrysler updated its network and fixed the hackable system in their vehicles. Dealers and customers require no other update. Although the system is fixed, the company still issued a formal recall on Friday informing customers that were part of the recall will receive a USB flash drive that they can insert in their cars for an upgrade which includes security features. The following vehicles were part of the recall:

  • 2013-2015 Dodge Viper
  • 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 25, 3500
  • 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and SUVs
  • 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUV
  • 2015 Chrysler 200, 300, and Dodge Charger sedans
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger sport coupes

If you or a loved one is in need of a consumer safety attorney, we can help. Please contact the skilled St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth today for a free consultation.

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