Bad week to worse for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was in the news when one of its cars was remotely hacked, in a controlled experiment, and the automaker said it was fixing the software problem.
Then things really went south.
First, FCA recalled 1.4 million vehicles whose vulnerabillty was exposed in the hacking experiment. Then, FCA was hit with a $105 million fine by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because it didn’t effectively recall vehicles in earlier safety lapses. The issues date to 2009 and include fire hazards in Jeeps with rear-mounted gas tanks. Fox News announced that Fiat also has to buy back half a million Ram pickup trucks with defective steering that can cause drivers to lose control.
According to the New York Times, FCA’s record fine was due to “failing to complete 23 safety recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles.” Among its violations, Fiat failed to notify owners about recalls, didn’t supply parts quickly enough for recalled vehicles and wasn’t able to come up with necessary repairs to its recalled vehicles.