Hyundai collaborates to combat auto theft with free anti-theft software clinics

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Automaker partners with local authorities to address soaring theft rates.

In response to a recent surge in auto thefts, Hyundai is launching a series of free anti-theft software installation clinics, joining forces with local government officials, police departments, and community organizations to address this concerning issue. The rise in thefts, which has seen an alarming increase of “thousands of percentage points” in numerous cities, was highlighted in a recent Motherboard data report.

The spike in auto thefts can partly be attributed to a viral TikTok challenge that demonstrated how to steal Hyundai and Kia vehicles lacking immobilizers. In an effort to mitigate this issue, both automakers are actively working to implement software updates that render this method ineffective. Hyundai has already introduced this upgrade to nearly one million cars, prioritizing the safety and security of its customers.

David VandeLinde, Vice President of After-Sales at Hyundai Motor America, emphasized, “Our customers are the top priority, and we encourage all eligible Hyundai owners and lessees to take advantage of the free software upgrade to help protect their vehicle. We are committed to ensuring the quality and integrity of our products, all of which are fully compliant with federal anti-theft requirements.”

Hyundai has identified 13 different models eligible for the upgrade, with specific model years required for eligibility. Events are scheduled in various cities, including New York City, NY, starting on the weekend of October 28th, Chicago, IL, beginning November 3rd, Minneapolis, MN, commencing on November 10th, and St. Paul, MN, taking place on November 12th and 13th. The initiative will also reach Rochester, NY, on November 17th and 18th. For owners unable to attend these events, Hyundai has stated that local dealerships can provide the necessary software upgrade. In cases where certain vehicles without immobilizers are ineligible for the upgrade, Hyundai will reimburse owners for the cost of a wheel lock.

It’s worth noting that Kia, Hyundai’s counterpart, has initiated a similar nationwide campaign to provide free anti-theft software clinics. This joint effort emphasises the commitment of both companies to address the issue proactively. Despite their efforts to provide a solution, Hyundai and Kia maintain that they have not violated any laws by selling cars without immobilizers. This initiative aims to protect their customers and promote vehicle security while collaborating with local authorities to combat rising auto theft rates.