Here’s how Hyundai’s new security system targets TikTok theft costs
Relief is on the way for Hyundai owners concerned about the ongoing theft spree affecting some of the automaker’s vehicles.
Thousands of people have been robbed in the United States over the past two years using a simple technique that has spread via TikTok, YouTube and other social media.
The method takes advantage of the fact that several 2015-2021 Hyundai and 2011-2021 Kia models that use physical keys instead of push-button starters were built without an immobilizer, which allows thieves to remove the column cover from direction and use a USB cable to turn the ignition.
After distributing steering wheel locks for affected owners, Hyundai has now started offering an electronic security system for sale that targets the problem.
The Compustar-branded unit will eventually be available at all Hyundai dealerships, which are trained to install it and are currently progressing through the distribution system, although several parts departments contacted by Fox News Digital said they don’t. hadn’t received any product or information yet.
The system includes a glass break sensor that targets the most common form of entry in flights and immobilizes the ignition if triggered.
Retail price is $170, but Automotive News reports that the full installation could cost up to $500 with labor.
Hyundai is also developing a software update for some models to address the issue differently which will be available next year, but has not released details on how it will work.
Kia is continuing its own campaign to distribute steering wheel locks, but has not announced any electronic solution to the vulnerability.