Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday it will recall 7,810 U.S.-market SUVs equipped with certain radios to address hacking concerns. The automaker in July called back 1.4 million vehicles for similar, but different concerns about hacking.
The new recall covers some 2015 Jeep Renegades equipped with 6.5-inch touchscreens. Customers will receive a USB device which they may use to upgrade vehicle software. The upgrade provides additional security features.
On Friday, FCA US said more than half of the Renegades remain in dealer hands and will be serviced before they are sold.
“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,” the company said.
The software manipulation addressed by the latest recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a vehicle and extended periods of time to write code, the automaker said.
FCA US said it already has applied measures to prevent the type of vehicle manipulation demonstrated in a Wired magazine report in July, which found hackers could remotely take control of some functions of 2014 Jeep Cherokee, including steering, transmission and brakes. Those measures — which required no customer or dealer actions — block remote access to certain vehicle systems. A software update also was required for affected Jeeps, Chryslers, Dodges and Rams.
The company said it unaware of any injuries related to software exploitation, nor is it aware of any related complaints, warranty claims or accidents outside of the Wired demonstration.
After the first recall in July, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that automakers and government must work closely together on cyberhacking issues.
Two major auto trade associations — the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers — say they will develop a voluntary group called the Information Sharing and Analysis Center. It will serve as a hub for sharing cyber-threat information and potential vulnerabilities in electronics and in-vehicle networks. The groups said they expect it to begin operations by the end of 2015.
Alliance Vice President Robert Strassburger said he anticipated the industry group would expand to auto suppliers, and eventually could include telecommunications providers and technology companies.
In July, U.S. Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., urged NHTSA to take “immediate action” to investigate the potential widespread risk of vehicle hacking, as they introduced legislation that would force the safety agency to set new rules to guard against the threat.