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Jeep Renegade Recalled Over Hacking Threat

The subcompact crossover SUV from Jeep we've been waiting for so long has a hard time with being reliable. At the end of May, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne told the media that he's "having a very bad engineering day," referring to the 9-speed automatic that equips the Cherokee and the Renegade. Now the Jeep Renegade strikes again.
Jeep Renegade 6.5-inch infotainment system 1 photo
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This time around, we are dealing with a voluntary safety recall that will see Fiat-Chrysler "update software in approximately 7,810 U.S.-market SUVs equipped with certain radios." Of those, we're told that more than half are in dealer hands. Remember the hacking scandal that saw Fiat-Chrysler receive a $105 million fine for the safety issues presented by 1.4 million vehicles? This voluntary recall doesn't have anything to do with it according to the U.S. manufacturer.

The curious thing is that FCA does mention about "vehicle manipulation" and "software exploitation" in its statement on the Jeep Renegade recall. Those 7,810 vehicles are equipped with the 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the fix is as easy as it gets – a USB stick with a software update will be handed over to owners, along with instructions on how to upgrade the software.

Affected owners can take this matter into their own hands by visiting http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/. After inputting the VIN to find out if a certain Renegade is included in the campaign, the website then redirects to a page where the customer can download the software update along with instructions on how to update the infotainment system. Easy as pie, right?

But then again, it's even easier to drive to the nearest Jeep dealer and tell the service technician to perform the software update. Of course, there's no charge for the software or dealer installation. Thankfully for us people, no injuries or hacks have been reported.

Those customers that have questions or concerns about this voluntary recall are urged by Fiat-Chrysler to contact the company's U.S. Customer Care Center at the following number: 1-800-853-1403.

P.S.: dear Fiat-Chrysler, the Fiat 500X and 500L are both equipped with the 6.5-inch Uconnect infotainment system. Care to voluntary recall those over hacking threats as well? Chop-chop!
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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