Hyundai Motor and Kia Corp plan to update the software for 8.3 million vehicles in the US to combat theft of cars with push-button ignition and anti-theft systems. The move was in response to the TikTok social media scandal that has spread across the country and resulted in 14 incidents, including nine deaths.
Hyundai has announced that it will provide a free anti-theft software update to prevent cars from being stolen from TikTok. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the upgrade will affect 3.8 million Hyundai vehicles and 4.5 million Kia vehicles in the US.
In addition to the software upgrade, Hyundai will also give customers a window sticker that indicates the car has anti-theft protection. The upgrade will include an update to the anti-theft software, extending the alarm from 30 seconds to one minute, and the key must be in the ignition to start the car.
The first upgrade covers more than one million vehicles in the 2017-2020 Elantra, 2015-2019 Sonata, and 2020-2021 Venue model years, with the software upgrade available to vehicles still eligible through Jun