The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the top U.S. auto safety regulator, said on its website an estimated 2.8 million Harman Kardon “infotainment” systems may be affected – – double the number specified in the Fiat Chrysler recall announced July 24.
The latest action by NHTSA follows Fiat Chrysler’s recall of 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with the radios at risk of being hacked, the first formal auto safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat.
“The dealer didn’t just sell receivers to really Chrysler nevertheless many other producers”, Rosekind informed journalists. “A lot of our work now is trying to find out how broad the vulnerability could be”, Rosekind said in the Reuters report. Fiat Chrysler said it is aware of three potentially related minor injuries and 25 complaints of problems but no crashes.
Rosekind did not distinguish the radio supplier.
The potential raises the possibility of more automaker recalls over hacking vulnerabilities, an issue that has grabbed the attention of regulators, lawmakers and the public. On Thursday, an analyst cautioned that programmers could misuse a security blemish in a portable application for General Motors Co’s OnStar vehicle communcations framework.
Fiat Chrysler says the air bag control modules may be too sensitive and need to be recalibrated.
Hackers got into a Jeep Cherokee SUV through an electronic opening in the radio and were able to take control of the vehicle over the Internet. Fiat Chrysler hasn’t yet set a notification schedule. “You’ve got to see the entire industry proactively dealing with these things”.
Owners will be notified when they can bring cars in for repairs. “And that’s the part we have to see going forward”, Rosekind said.
To determine the extent of the cybersecurity issues of the auto industry, the NHTSA is investigating a radio supplier of Fiat Chrysler, which may have also been used by other carmakers, .
Car Hacking Risk May Be Broader Than Fiat Chrysler, Says US Regulator