Move comes after 2 hackers post video demonstrating how they took control of moving vehicle
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. after two hackers were able to take control of a Jeep via the internet.
The company said it will update a software it uses called UConnect to patch a vulnerability that allowed the service to be remotely controlled.
No cars are being recalled in Canada for the defect because the version of UConnect was never available here because of cellular connectivity issues, the company told CBC News in a statement.
The recall affects vehicles with 8.4-inch touchscreens including 2013 to 2015 Ram pickups and chassis cabs and Dodge Viper sports cars.
Also covered are 2014 and 2015 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs, as well as the 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300, and the Dodge Charger and Challenger.
Fiat Chrysler said it also has taken network-level security measures to prevent hacking. Those measures require no customer action.
The company’s statement also noted unauthorized remote manipulation of a vehicle is a criminal act.