Fiat Chrysler Recalls Vehicles Due to Safety and Security Concerns

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DECATUR – Fiat Chrysler is the seventh-largest automaker in the world – with popular brands like Dodge and Jeep, but a recent wave of recalls could cause popularity to drop.

Chrysler’s first recall is due to a steering wheel wiring issue that could prevent an airbag from functioning. The automaker is recalling trucks to fix faulty impact sensors that could impair seat belt malfunctions as well.

“This is the first Dodge product I’ve ever bought brand new,” consumer Ron Smith told WAND News.

Smith is shocked that his newly purchased Ram truck is giving him a few problems. He describes to WAND’s Michael Burton an issue that occurred Thursday, July 23.

“We started into town, and when I hit the entertainment button to turn it on, it was just blank. There was nothing. It was just like dead. And it stayed like that for probably two hours, three hours,” Smith recalls.

This happened right around the same time Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of about 1.4 million vehicles equipped with certain radios. Two hackers also exposed a security flaw by demonstrating their ability to control a Jeep SUV remotely.

“I’m disappointed. That truck’s been back to the shop, if I take it in on Monday, this’ll be the second time,” Smith says.

Fiat Chrysler executives are urging customers to call the automaker and get a software update for their infotainment system. They say it will prevent the vehicles from getting hacked.

“I wanted something that I didn’t have to worry about going down the highway,” Smith said.

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