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Fiat Chrysler Knew Its Cars and Trucks Could Be Hacked for Eighteen Months

Posted by James D. Campbell | Aug 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recently, it was disclosed that hackers were able to remotely shut down various Fiat Chrysler vehicles.  Hackers exploited the weakness in the Uconnect infotainment system to remotely disable the cars and trucks. 

Now the other shoe has dropped.  Fiat Chrysler recently admitted it has known of this flaw in its vehicles since January 2014, but it did not report this to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Fiat Chrysler justified keeping this information from NHTSA by claiming this was not a safety concern.  NHTSA disagreed, and ordered the recall of 1.4 million cars and trucks.

This concealment comes on the heels of NHTSA's $105 million fine of Fiat Chrysler for botching nearly two dozen recalls. 

On a related note, if you ever want to check to see if your vehicle has been subject to a recall, just check the NHTSA's Vehicle Owner's page.  

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James D. Campbell

Jim Campbell is an experienced medical malpractice trial lawyer. Jim learned the craft of medical malpractice litigation law representing physicians and hospitals throughout the State of Arizona. He successfully tried many lawsuits on behalf of physicians and hospitals, even when the odds were overwhelmingly against his client. Now, Jim uses his skill and experience representing patients. His defense experience gives him an advantage in anticipating the tactics that physicians and their lawyers will use. He is able to proactively engineer his client's case to successfully meet those strategies.


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