Dodge Offers Software Update To Help Stop Charger & Challenger Thefts:

Is It Enough To Stop Most Thieves?

You might remember our article a few weeks ago about the constant string of theft of HEMI-powered Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango, Ram 1500, or Jeep® Grand Cherokee models. So many thefts that the Michigan State Police released an internal document going into details about the ongoing problem to other police agencies across Michigan and the states surrounding it.

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. (Dodge).

Detroit’s WXYZ 7 Action News, got ahold of an internal document, and while specific details surrounding how the cars were stolen were not released. The documents explain that hundreds of Charger, Challenger, Durango, and Grand Cherokee models have been stolen over the past two years. It also admits that “gathering an accurate count… is nearly impossible.”

WXYZ reached out to Stellantis about the issue, where a spokesperson released the following response…

“Stellantis vehicles meet or exceed all applicable federal safety standards. While such events are rare, they are not exclusive to any make or model of vehicle. Further, Stellantis uses industry-standard technology. Notwithstanding, we urge all motorists to take due care in securing their vehicles.” – Stellantis

The response caused a general concern throughout the modern Mopar community. Well, needless to say, yesterday, the Dodge brand responded with a statement surrounding a new software upgrade to further thwart theft of Charger and Challenger models equipped with 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) HEMI® V8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HELLCAT HEMI V8 engines and its high-output variants (sorry R/T owners).

2021 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody. (Dodge).

Using the owner’s four-digit security code, the enhanced deterrence software limits the vehicle’s engine speed idle to 675 rpm to help prevent auto theft. The software upgrade can be installed free of charge by any Dodge dealer on 2015 through 2021 model-year Dodge muscle cars. The complimentary enhancement applies second-level vehicle security encryption via Dodge’s Uconnect 4C infotainment system.

“Dodge is launching a new owner-customized ‘double verification’ security system,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer. “When flashed into the computer of affected 2015 or newer Dodge muscle cars, the protective software will limit the engine output to less than 3 horsepower, foiling fast getaways and joyrides.”

According to Dodge, at idle, these engines produce approximately 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb.-ft. of torque. As a result, Dodge’s enhanced security measures have a secondary public safety benefit by preventing criminal police evasion and high-speed chases of stolen vehicles like the several we have seen around the Metro Detroit area.
“More than 150 cars are stolen every day in the United States,” added Kuniskis. “For any car owner, it’s terrible, it’s a hassle and it’s a personal violation. Though statistically rare, car thieves have targeted the high-horsepower Dodge muscle cars, and we want the Dodge ‘Brotherhood’ to know we’re taking quick action and covering their backs.”

Double encryption has become common on consumer online accounts and adds a second layer of owner protection against vehicle theft. The four-digit encryption code is designed to discourage key-code-spoofing thieves. Dodge will continue to pursue other enhancements to vehicle-theft deterrence in order to protect owners’ investments.

Owners of the following models should contact their local Dodge dealer to schedule a free Security Mode installation appointment…

Dodge expects the new security feature to be available late in the second quarter of 2021. There is no word yet, if an update for Durango or Grand Cherokee models is coming. We will keep you informed if something changes.


Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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It's a step in right direction. But now they will carjack you and demand your 4 digit code with gun in your face. Would be better if they could do this and add option to do remotely to override the code.

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This is unfair.

I have a 2017 Scat Pack Challenger. They are going to offer the module of 2015 to 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT392 and 2019 to Present Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, but not to 2015 to 2018 Challenger Scat Packs.

What gives? It is basically the same engine and almost the same car.

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Doesn't stop the old fashioned way of theft...

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