Updated 6:32 p.m. ET

(Bloomberg) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV waited 18 months totell federal safety regulators about a security flaw in radiosbeing installed more than a million vehicles that hackers laterexploited to seize control of a Jeep last month.

The automaker says it was working on a fix and didn't considerthe problem a safety defect. But the National Highway TrafficSafety Administration saw otherwise. Eight days after beingnotified by the company, the agency pushed Fiat Chrysler last monthto recall 1.4 million cars and trucks -- the first recall promptedby cybersecurity safety concerns.

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