Laptop-Using Car Theft Ring Busted In Houston

Laptop-Using Car Theft Ring Busted In Houston

Hey, remember those car thefts in Houston where the suspect was caught on security cameras fiddling with a laptop computer before driving off with the vehicles? The cops say that they’ve found the culprits, who allegedly were able to drive off with the vehicles by programming blank key fobs with codes that they obtained through illicit access to the Fiat Chrysler database. [More]

Great, Now Someone Can Steal Your Car Using A Laptop Computer

Great, Now Someone Can Steal Your Car Using A Laptop Computer

If car theft seems like a low-tech crime to you, you’re forgetting the extent to which computers are now standard car parts. Computer control of automobiles makes some cool features possible, but one of those features may be that thieves can start a vehicle using a portable computer. How? Police in Houston, where a culprit was caught on camera, aren’t actually sure how they did it. [More]

Regulators Close Investigation Into Confusing Gear Shifter Linked To 68 Injuries, 266 Crashes

Regulators Close Investigation Into Confusing Gear Shifter Linked To 68 Injuries, 266 Crashes

A week after the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was potentially linked to the confusing gear shifter in recalled Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles, federal safety regulators revealed they have closed an investigation into the issue following Fiat Chrysler’s recall of vehicles now tied to 68 injuries and hundreds of crashes.  [More]

What You Should Know About The Confusing Gear Shift In Jeep, Dodge, & Chrysler Vehicles

What You Should Know About The Confusing Gear Shift In Jeep, Dodge, & Chrysler Vehicles

For years, the gearshift in a vehicle has followed roughly the same design: a user guides the stick to a designated slot corresponding to the desired gear selection. That has changed in recent years, as some carmakers have opted for sleeker, tech-savvy electronic shifters. However, these components have proven to be confusing, leading to some vehicles — thought to have been in “park” — rolling away, injuring some owners.  [More]

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Fiat Chrysler Recalling 811K Dodge, Jeep Vehicles Over Confusing Gear Shifts

Two months after federal safety regulators expanded their investigation into Fiat Chrysler vehicles after receiving more than 100 complaints about crashes and injuries resulting from drivers inadvertently leaving their vehicles in gear with the engine running, the carmaker is officially recalling 811,000 SUVs and sedans equipped with the confusing electronic gear shifter.  [More]

In Wake Of Additional Deaths, NHTSA Being Pushed To Reopen Jeep Investigation

In Wake Of Additional Deaths, NHTSA Being Pushed To Reopen Jeep Investigation

Three years after Fiat Chrysler and federal regulators agreed to a recall to fix more than 1.56 million Jeep SUVs that could catch fire in the event of a rear-end crash, safety advocates are calling on the government to reopen an investigation into the alleged defect, claiming that an additional 11 fatalities, possibly more, have occurred since that recall was initiated. [More]

More Than 100 Crashes Caused By Confusing Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge Gear Shifters

More Than 100 Crashes Caused By Confusing Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge Gear Shifters

For most vehicles, shifting into “Park” seems to be a simple task. But for thousands of people who own Fiat Chrysler cars, that’s not the case. Federal regulators expanded their investigation into these vehicles after receiving more complaints about crashes and injuries   because drivers say they have inadvertently left their vehicles in gear with the engine running because the electronic gear shifter is confusing. [More]

Lawsuit Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Paying Dealers To Falsify Sales Reports

Lawsuit Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Paying Dealers To Falsify Sales Reports

Each month for the past six years Fiat Chrysler has reported gains in sales. But a new lawsuit accuses the carmaker of conspiring with dealers to inflate U.S. sales, casting a shadow of doubt over those impressive numbers. [More]

Regulators Open Investigation Into Jeeps That Just Roll Away When Parked

Regulators Open Investigation Into Jeeps That Just Roll Away When Parked

When putting your vehicle in the “park” position, you probably have the expectation that your car won’t be moving. That’s apparently not the case for more than 400,000 Jeeps now under investigation by federal regulators because they have a tendency to simply roll away after being parked. [More]

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Fiat Chrysler Offers Software Patch For Some Internet-Connected Vehicles After Hackers Hijack Jeep

After a journalist’s report of being inside a 2014 Jeep Cherokee while hackers miles away took over his car as part of an experiment, Fiat Chrysler has announced it’s offering a software patch for some of its internet-connected vehicles. That being said, the company didn’t directly acknowledge the hacking event itself.

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NHTSA “Tentatively Concludes” Fiat Chrysler Failed To Adequately Address Dozens Of Recalls

NHTSA “Tentatively Concludes” Fiat Chrysler Failed To Adequately Address Dozens Of Recalls

Federal regulators took Fiat Chrysler to task for its leisurely pace in fixing 11 million vehicles recalled for one reason or another in recent years during an unusual public hearing today. [More]

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 7,000 SUVs, Tells Customers To Immediately Stop Driving Them

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 7,000 SUVs, Tells Customers To Immediately Stop Driving Them

About 65 Jeep and Dodge SUV owners can expect to receive a phone call from Fiat Chrysler telling them to stop driving their vehicles. [More]

NHTSA Adds One Million More Fiat Chrysler Vehicles to Agenda For July Hearing

NHTSA Adds One Million More Fiat Chrysler Vehicles to Agenda For July Hearing

Just two weeks before federal regulators are scheduled to take Fiat Chrysler to task over its leisurely pace in addressing a plethora of recalls – including millions of Jeeps that can explode following low-speed rear-end collisions – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would add two additional cases to its review roster. [More]

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NHTSA Probing Fiat Chrysler’s Response To At Least 20 Safety Recalls, Schedules July 2 Public Hearing

Federal regulators are once again expressing their displeasure with Fiat Chrysler’s slow-moving response to fixing millions of Jeeps that can explode following low-speed rear-end collisions. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it plans to take the car manufacturer to task not only for its leisurely pace on the Jeep recalls, but for nearly 20 other safety recalls. [More]

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NHTSA Investigating Chrysler Recall Remedy After Reports That Sun Visors Continue To Catch Fire

When a consumer takes their recalled vehicle to a dealer for repairs, they probably assume they won’t have the same issue with the car in the future. But that apparently hasn’t been the case when it comes to several Jeep and Dodge SUVs recalled last summer, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing the effectiveness of the recall remedy.  [More]

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Fiat Chrysler Offers Employees Chance For Free College Education At A For-Profit University

Providing the opportunity for employees to obtain a college degree is a worthy intention. Just as Starbucks announced in 2014 that it would finance the college dreams of workers around the country, Fiat Chrysler has unveiled a similar program today. There’s only one slight difference: the university that Chrysler has partnered with is a for-profit college. [More]

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Jury Orders Chrysler To Pay $150M After Jeep Fire Kills Four-Year-Old

Two years after Chrysler reluctantly recalled millions of Jeeps that could catch fire after being rear-ended the company has been ordered to pay $150 million to the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed in one of hundreds of related accidents. [More]

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Jeep Recalls 228,000 Cherokees For Inadvertent Airbag Deployment

Less than a week after Chrysler recalled some 750,000 older model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberty SUVs for airbag issues, the car manufacturer is at it again, this time recalling 228,000 newer model vehicles for similar problems. [More]