Models covered by Hyundai and Kia anti-theft software update
About 8.3 million Hyundais and Kias dating to the 2011 model year can be stolen easily by using just a screwdriver and a USB cord, creating an auto-theft outbreak across the U.S.
The cars lack theft immobilizers, whereby computer chips in the car keys and the steering columns must recognize each other before the engines will start.
The wave of thefts began in 2021 and spread nationally as a result of instructional videos posted on TikTok and other social media sites. Some police departments report continued rampant thefts despite the automakers’ unveiling of anti-theft software nearly three months ago.
Here are the vehicles covered by the software upgrade:
2013-2020 Elantra GT
2013-2022 Santa Fe
2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport
2019 Santa Fe XL
2012-2017 and 2019-2021 Veloster
2013-2014 Genesis Coupe
Kia says it began adding immobilizers in the factory in 2021, so few 2022 model year vehicles were built without them.