February 28, 2018
This is a head's-up blog.
You might be concerned if you own, or are shopping for, an older model of vehicle. Or you are planning to pass one on to a friend or relative.
Please feel free to share this information with friends and neighbors who are owners of same.
Recalls aren't a guarantee of immunity.
The L.A. Times reported in 2014 that even when there's a recall, only 40 to 70 percent of affected vehicles get the fix they need. So you can't count on a prior owner to have caught and taken care of a glitch. (You may yourself have ignored a recall notice or forgotten about it. We're all human.)
We aren't just assuming the risk for ourselves (in the case of no one other than us will EVER ride in our car). A car that goes crackerdogs in traffic is a danger to every living thing on the ground in that vicinity. Even trees; even things IN trees in the danger zone.
First, no vehicles had computers. Then, little by little...they did, and they could be hacked.
It was an industry-wide problem. It used to be that manufacturers didn’t have cyber security response teams or other means to effectively deal with the issues.
Now they do.
Our best defense is to be alert- and responsive.
The “asterisked” link at the end of this article is from 09-15-14, and lists the vehicles from that time period that were “hackable.” It is to be hoped that the hackability problem has been corrected in subsequent years and subsequent models. But … just in case...
Here are 9 models that are known to have been at risk
2014 Jeep Cherokee...2015 Cadillac Escalade....2014 Infiniti Q50...2014 Toyota Prius...2010 Toyota Prius...2014 Ford Fusion...2014 BMW X3...2014 Chrysler 300...2014 Range Rover Evoque.
Hacking a vehicle is really easy. Or maybe it is really hard.
Of course, there are different viewpoints:
Technology! It giveth, and it driveth us crazy.