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2 Senators Demand Automakers Address Cybersecurity Issues

Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Richard Blumenthal, D.-Conn., pressed 18 automakers to provide an update on each company’s protections against cybesecurity hacks.

September 21, 2015

Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Richard Blumenthal, D.-Conn., pressed 18 automakers to provide an update on each company’s protections against cybesecurity hacks, reports The Detroit News.  

They also want automakers to disclose “any changes to their vehicle fleet or characteristics, policies, practices and experiences that may have occurred since the company first responded to Senator Markey’s original letter” in 2013.

According to The Detroit News, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers—the trade group representing Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and others—said the industry is responding by instituting “Privacy Principles” to protect drivers.

In September, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it would recall 7,810 SUVs equipped with certain radios to address hacking concerns. The automaker in July called back 1.4 million vehicles for similar but different concerns about hacking.

The new recall covers 2015 Jeep Renegades equipped with 6.5-inch touchscreens. Customers will receive a USB device that they may use to upgrade vehicle software. The upgrade provides additional security features.

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