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Nearly 80% of Kia, Hyundai vehicles haven’t had needed security upgrades

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Kia and Hyundai are experiencing significant delays in implementing security software upgrades meant to protect specific vehicle models from a surge in car thefts.

The manufacturers assured customers in February that new anti-theft upgrades would address a security vulnerability. However, nearly 80% of the affected 8.3 million Kia and Hyundai vehicles are yet to receive the crucial upgrades, leaving them susceptible to thefts, particularly in regions like Rochester, where vehicle thefts are rising sharply.

In response to a staggering 345% increase in car thefts in Monroe County, Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration has reached out to every registered Kia and Hyundai owner in New York, stressing the urgent need for security enhancements. The security flaw predominantly impacts models manufactured between 2011 and 2022, with key-started cars facing the most significant risk. While free upgrades are obtainable, they are pending for a majority, thereby elevating theft risks, especially for listed vulnerable models including but not limited to Kia Sorento and Hyundai Elantra.

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Kia and Hyundai have proposed settlements for models that are incompatible with the new security software, offering reimbursements for alternative anti-theft solutions such as steering wheel locks and alarm kits. Owners are also advised to follow basic safety precautions, including secure parking and locking vehicles, to mitigate risks until upgrades are universally implemented. For affected models, customers are urged to contact their respective manufacturers promptly to schedule necessary upgrades and avert potential security breaches