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Hyundai, Kia update security after TikTok challenge thefts

The updates are free for millions of vehicles that are missing a key anti-theft device.
  • The software being released updates the theft alarm software logic to extend the length of the alarm sound to one minute
  • Hyundai and Kia will start software updates later this monthPremium
    Hyundai and Kia will start software updates later this month

    Hyundai and Kia are rolling out software updates to stem auto thefts related to a TikTok challenge. that authorities believe has led to at least 14 reported crashes and eight fatalities.

    The updates are free for millions of vehicles that are missing a key anti-theft device.

    The software being released updates the theft alarm software logic to extend the length of the alarm sound from 30 seconds to one minute and requires the key to be in the ignition switch to turn the vehicle on.

    About 3.8 million Hyundais and 4.5 million Kias are eligible for the software update.

    Hyundai said updates begin Tuesday for nearly 4 million vehicles beginning with a million model year 2017-2020 Elantra, 2015-2019 Sonata and 2020-2021 Venue vehicles. The software upgrade is scheduled to be available for the remaining eligible vehicles by June.

    Hyundai says all models produced after November 1, 2021 have immobilizers as standard equipment.

    A TikTok social media challenge put a spotlight on the vehicles' lack of an immobilizer and resulted in at least 14 reported crashes and eight fatalities, according to the NHTSA. The challenge shows TikTok viewers how to hot-wire Kia and Hyundai cars with a USB cord and a screwdriver.

    Hyundai and Kia will start software updates later this month, with subsequent phases over the next several months. Hyundai will also provide window stickers to vehicle owners that alert would-be thieves that the vehicle has anti-theft protection.

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    Published: 15 Feb 2023, 06:30 AM IST
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