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Unhacking the hacked Jeep

We read about “hacks” every day. All industries are potential targets of a hacker and the automotive industry has been no exception.

Well-known hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek recently teamed-up with a WIRED reporter to publish a story that you may have read about or seen on the news. The story highlights how Miller and Valasek hacked into Miller’s 2014 Jeep Cherokee and remotely controlled some functions. Miller and Valasek have been working on intentionally hacking into Miller’s vehicle over the past year as part of their on-going research in the area of automotive cybersecurity and have communicated with FCA about some aspects of their work.

To FCA’s knowledge, there has not been a single real world incident of an unlawful or unauthorized remote hack into any FCA vehicle.

After becoming aware of the vulnerabilities in some 2013 and 2014 vehicles equipped with the 8.4 inch touchscreen systems, FCA and several suppliers worked to fix the vulnerabilities in model year 2015 vehicles. FCA also created a software update that eliminates the vulnerabilities uncovered by Miller and Valasek in their laboratory tests. This software update is available to customers right now and can be downloaded to a USB drive from http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/ and installed in a vehicle.

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Dunlop Trailer Tires Recalled


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Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size:Production Dates:
DUNLOP / SP193 / 295/75R22.5JAN 24, 2010 - MAY 29, 2010
Manufacturer: GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANYMfr's Report Date: AUG 30, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10T018000NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES:TREAD/BELT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11994
Summary:
GOODYEAR IS RECALLING CERTAIN DUNLOP SP193 COMMERCIAL TRAILER TIRES, SIZE 295/75R22.5, PRODUCED FROM JANUARY 24 THROUGH MAY 29, 2010. THESE TIRES COULD EXPERIENCE AIR LOSS AND IF GONE UNDETECTED, THE TIRE COULD BE DRIVEN WHILE UNDER INFLATED.
Consequence:
DRIVING A VEHICLE WITH UNDER INFLATED TIRES INCREASES THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
GOODYEAR WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECORD AND WILL VISUALLY INSPECT THE TIRES FOR THE DEFECT. IF THE DEFECT IS PRESENT, GOODYEAR DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. IF THE DEFECT IS NOT PRESENT AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION, THE TIRE IS OK AND WILL NOT NEED TO BE REPLACED. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT SEPTEMBER 30, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GOODYEAR AT 1-800-321-2136.
Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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Cub Cadet Recalls Utility Vehicles Due to Risk of Loss of Control

Recalled utility vehicle

Units: About 200

Manufacturer: MTD Consumer Group Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio

Hazard: The front lower ball joint can detach and cause a loss of steering control. This poses a crash hazard for consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

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Camping Stoves and Equipment Recalled by Katadyn North America Due to Fire Hazard

Recalled Optimus Nova camping stove

Name of Product: Camping Stoves and Equipment

Units: About 5,300 in the United States and 2,400 in Canada

Importer: Katadyn North America Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: Damaged fuel lines and/or O-rings may cause fuel leakage, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

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Yamaha Recalls ATVs Due to Crash Hazard

Recalled Grizzly 550 ATV

Units: About 20,000

Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A., of Cypress, Calif.

Hazard: The steering column support assembly can crack and cause the rider to lose steering control, posing a risk of injury or death to riders.

Incidents/Injuries: Yamaha has received 19 reports of incidents involving the recalled ATVs. No injuries have been reported.

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