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Fiat Chrysler Announces Recall to Prevent Hacking

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Sept. 8, 2015—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced its second recall in two months to protect against computer hackers.

The recall, which was ordered on Friday, will update software for roughly 7,810 vehicles in its 2015 Jeep Renegade line that have 6.5-inch touchscreens.

Owners of the recalled vehicles will be given a thumb drive so they are able to perform the update themselves. Fiat Chrysler said it will include new safety features that can block remote access.

"The software manipulation addressed by this recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code," the company said in the statement announcing the recall. "No defect has been found. FCA US is conducting this campaign out of an abundance of caution."

The recall comes after two hackers took over a Jeep SUV in a demonstration for Wired magazine.

Look for an extensive report on this topic in the November issue of Ratchet+Wrench.

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