Kia/Hyundia settle class-action lawsuit over security flaw in vehicles
May 19, 2023, 11:34 AM
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Hyundai Motor America and Kia America will resolve class-action lawsuit prompted by a surge in vehicle thefts with a settlement agreement that could be valued at $200 million, the automakers announced Friday.
The settlement covers about 9 million 2011-2022 model year Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the U.S. today, according to the companies. The cars are not equipped with push-button ignitions and immobilizing anti-theft devices — which has allowed them to be stolen easily by using just a screwdriver and a USB cord, creating a recent auto-theft outbreak across the country.
Here are the vehicles involved:
2013-2020 Elantra GT
2013-2022 Santa Fe
2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport
2019 Santa Fe XL
2012-2017 and 2019-2021 Veloster
2013-2014 Genesis Coupe
Kia says it began adding immobilizers in the factory in 2021, so few 2022 model year vehicles were built without them.