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As we had reported earlier, things are getting a bit more dramatic for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) now. They are recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the US that could be susceptible to wireless hacking, with all affected customers receiving a USB stick in the mail with a software fix for the potential risk.

This voluntary safety recall to update software affects certain vehicles with 8.4-inch touch-screens. The affected models are as follows: 2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles, 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pick-ups, 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs, 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs, 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs, 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans and 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes.

According to FCA, this software update contains network-level security measures to prevent the type of remote manipulations that were demonstrated in recent media reports. Affected customers can also visit www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/ to input their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) to determine if their vehicles are included in the recall.

FCA’s public relations machine is on overdrive as it claims “that the software manipulation addressed by this recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code…and as no defect has been found, we are conducting this campaign out of an abundance of caution.”

Anyhow, it’s always nice to have an automaker that is willing to step up the plate and be proactive in light of these recent hacking revelations.

Here’s a gallery of the latest Dodge Viper to take your mind off these scary hacking scenarios.