Hyundai Motor America and Kia America have recently announced that they have resolved consumer litigation in response to vehicle thefts. This resolution is part of a larger effort to ensure the safety and security of their customers. The resolution includes a settlement fund of $46.5 million, which will be used to compensate customers who have experienced vehicle theft. The settlement fund will also be used to cover the costs of installing additional security features in certain vehicles.
In addition, Hyundai and Kia have agreed to implement a number of security measures to help prevent future vehicle thefts. These measures include enhanced vehicle immobilization systems, improved key fob technology, and additional security features.
Most recently Hyundai and Kia have experienced higher-than-normal break-ins and thefts due to a bug in the cars’ locking system. Hackers, often spurred on by social media, were able to easily crack car security and the Pennsylvania Attorney General took up the cause, noting that “Social media has opened so many doors and opportunities for information-sharing.” Unfortunately, not all of those opportunities serve a positive purpose, so consumers should be aware of trends that leave them vulnerable to crime. I am thankful that Hyundai and Kia are already releasing the software corrections for these vehicles and for their partnership with local law enforcement to give consumers free steering wheel locks.”
Affected vehicles include 2017-2020 Hyundai Elantras, 2015-2019 Hyundai Sonatas, and 2020-2021 Hyundai Venues. Hyundai and Kia have partnered with local law enforcement to provide free steering wheel locks to consumers with affected vehicles.