Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the current official name of Chrysler. Along with their supplier, Harman International, which makes the device that was hacked last month in a very public forum, a class action lawsuit has been filed in relation to weak cyber security. No matter where the lawsuit goes, legislation has also been presented to the government in response to the potential dangers of car hacking.
If a court decides that the case should be class action, there could be hundreds of thousands of people who would potentially have a claim. The companies still have some time to decide how best to deal with the situation. The court system will ultimately prescribe a punishment [...]
Chrysler has recorded gains for 64 months straight in the United States, and despite security vulnerability revelations that came out last month, July was no exception. The company posted more than 6% in gains in the United States in July over June.
This could explain the company’s willingness to recall vehicles that have certain security weaknesses that allowed them to be shut down remotely while in operation. Interestingly, the Jeep brand, which was the target of the hacking revelations, was one of Chrysler’s biggest performers, posting a 23% gain in sales.
Compared to other major auto manufacturers, Chrysler is doing well. By acting quickly in response to [...]
In another round of recalls, Chrysler is recalling certain 2011-2014 Dodge Chargers due to their air bags having the potential to fill up spontaneously. According to a recall submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler is aware of a serious problem with the Chargers.
In the affected vehicles, the side impact sensor calibrations may be overly sensitive, and as a result, the side air bag inflatable curtains and seat air bags may unexpectedly deploy and the seat belt pre-tensioners may activate.
It is not immediately apparent how many of these vehicles there are on the road. Those with affected vehicles will be able to get them repaired at [...]
It appears the recent experimentation of security researchers on computerized cars has hit home for some. In the US Senate, the SPY Car Act is being considered, which will authorize regulatory bodies to impose cybersecurity standards on automakers.
Fiat Chrysler is getting ahead of regulation by updating 1.4 million vehicles in order to audit and update their firmware. It was a Chrysler product, a Jeep Cherokee, that the researchers were able to kill remotely using a not-so-secret exploit involving the vehicle’s telematics system.
At the Black Hat Asia Conference in March, a presentation was given by Christian Karam which explained the numerous disturbing [...]