Software Update to Combat Vehicle Thefts

Auto Industry News Final fall, we reported {that a} software program repair was within the works to assist handle a wave of thefts of sure Hyundai and Kia automobiles. The South Korean automakers began rolling out this replace to affected house owners.

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The thefts gained traction over social media in late 2021, the place culprits have been posting movies of their crimes, exhibiting that as a result of the automobiles didn’t use an ignition-immobilizer, they might simply be began with a easy USB system bought on-line. The issue grew to become so rampant that main insurance coverage suppliers began refusing to situation new insurance policies on the fashions in query.

Kia Logo The software program repair makes an attempt to work across the lack of an immobilizer by requiring house owners to unlock their automobiles with the manufacturing facility distant to have the ability to begin them. It will not be a totally foolproof repair, however Hyundai says it must be sufficient to stop individuals from stealing automobiles based mostly on the strategies used within the social media movies.

Homeowners of the 2017-2020 Elantra, 2015-2019 Sonata, and 2020-2021 Venue would be the first to obtain the replace, which Hyundai says ought to take lower than an hour. Different fashions, a few of which date way back to 2011, will obtain their fixes beginning in June. Hyundai and Kia house owners can go to Hyundaiantitheft.com and house owners.kia.com, respectively, to see if their automobiles are/might be eligible for the replace. The software program repair might be out there without charge to shoppers. A hardware-based resolution additionally stays out there, however the automakers are charging upwards of $500 for components and labor to put in it.

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CG Says:

We’re glad to see Hyundai and Kia responding moderately shortly to this moderately extreme situation.  The issue with a software program replace, although, is the chance that it may ultimately be bypassed, that means we may see the thefts return. This might then flip right into a recreation of cat-and-mouse the place the producer must keep one step forward to the purpose the place it might find yourself being cheaper in the long term to offer the {hardware} anti-theft kits for which they’re presently charging cash.

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