Hyundais, Kias remain easy targets as concerns grow over auto cybersecurity

Kia Hyundai Theft Aftermath WBNS 05.30.2023

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

“The whole thing is a tragedy. And it’s amazing that it could be could have been prevented by, you know, a tiny piece of equipment that didn’t cost that much,” said Michael Brooks, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.

By Andrew Kinsey
May 25, 2023

Nearly three months ago, Hyundai and Kia unveiled software that was designed to thwart an epidemic of thefts of their vehicles, caused by a security flaw that was exposed on TikTok and other social media sites.

CrimeTracker 10 has been reporting on the trend for more than a year.

However, data from cities across the U.S. and in central Ohio shows thieves are still driving off with the vehicles at an alarming rate.

Right now, millions of vehicles are still vulnerable, despite an available software update.

Many are now calling on the federal government to take action, fearing this vehicle hacking trend could grow in the years ahead, giving thieves more options.

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