In a terrifying new spin on a relatively old problem, Chrysler has been forced to recall 1.5 million of its vehicles after it was discovered they could actually be “hacked.” You heard that correctly. Under the right circumstances a computer hacker could tap into a car’s electronics systems and potentially cause untold amounts of damage to both the vehicle and the driver themselves. This includes shutting the car down while it is in motion, cutting the brakes or potentially controlling the car’s steering capacity remotely. Once the weakness was discovered, Chrysler announced the recall and recommended that car owners install the upgrade “at their earliest convenience.”
Initially reported by Tech Times and WIRED, hackers use a method known by industry insiders as the “zero-day exploit” to control the vehicles through an opening in the vehicle’s radio software. Once inside, the hackers are able to control nearly every facet of the vehicle, from the radio to the transmission. The hack was a frightening wake up call for the embattled automaker after suffering a number of quality control setbacks over the past few years. While Chrysler initially reported the vulnerability had been fixed and remote hacking was no longer possible, the company went a step further only a few days later, issuing a large-scale vehicle recall.
At the moment, there are no known accidents or fatalities linked to the hack, but officials at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) urge motorists to heed the warning and get their vehicles checked. For more information you can check both the NHTSA homepage and Chrysler’s own recall page.
In addition, if you have been hurt or injured as the result of a defective product, especially an automobile, the attorneys at Kahn Roven, LLP highly recommend you contact their office as soon as possible. You may have the right to take legal action, depending on the circumstances of your accident.