In the midst of the Takata airbag recalls, which now includes more than 30 million vehicles, Chrysler has announced a recall on more than 11 million defective vehicles; only this one has nothing to do with Takata. In fact, this recall has nothing to do with airbags at all. It does pose a safety hazard to Chrysler owners, however, and the public deserves to know the truth.
Formal Recall Started with Software Issues
Recalls initially started after a published a story on Chrysler's Uconnect dashboard computers. Security researchers reportedly hacked into the system of a Jeep and wirelessly took over its dashboard functions, transmission, steering, and brakes.
Affected owners (about 1.4 million) were told they didn't have to bring their vehicles in; they only needed to download the software patch or request a USB drive to correct the software issue. In addition to providing the software updated, Chrysler reportedly took additional security measures to prevent hacks through its network. The original hackers stated that they did attempt to hack into the Jeep again, but were unsuccessful after the repair.
Chrysler Slapped with Fines and Recalls are Extended
Chrysler allegedly knew about the software vulnerability problem prior to the publication in WIRED. It seems plausible when considering the additional 11 million vehicles now being recalled by Chrysler because of safety issues that cover a total of 23 formerly mishandled recalls.
According to the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chrysler failed to efficiently handle 23 vehicle recalls on safety issues like the risk of deadly fire or suspension problems that could cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle.
Chrysler did admit to violating the Safety Act in three areas: effective and timely recall remedies, notification to vehicle owners and dealers, and notifications to the NHTSA. They agreed to a $105 million civil penalty, the largest ever imposed by the NHTSA, and committed to correcting the problem through repairs and buyback options for affected Chrysler owners.
Is the Recall Too Late for Some?
Millions of drivers have been at risk while driving to work or taking their children to school or driving to the store. For most, it is a scary to think of the “what if,” but what of the drivers that have already been injured or have lost their lives because of a product liability issue? The public may not be aware of any injuries or wrongful deaths, but it does not mean they do not exist – that for some, the recall has come a little too late.
Just as Chrysler is being held accountable for their failures in the recall department, they should be held accountable for any injuries that may have resulted from their negligence. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been injured or has suffered a wrongful death because of a defective Chrysler vehicle, seek qualified, professional help.
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