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Owning certain Hyundai or Kia models might come with needing to take action to help prevent vehicle theft. Some Kia and Hyundai models from 2011 to 2022 don’t have engine immobilizers installed, making them easier to steal. They may require a theft deterrent software update.
What if I own a Hyundai?
Hyundai is providing a free anti-theft software upgrade. Please visit Hyundai’s website to learn if your vehicle is eligible or to schedule your free software upgrade. Your vehicle identification number (VIN) will be required.
What if I own a Kia?
Kia is providing a free software update. Kia owners should call 1-800-333-4542 for information on the free update.
How can I protect my vehicle while I am waiting to obtain the software upgrade?
By making your car a less appealing target — that is, easy to see and harder to steal — you may be able to prevent your car from being stolen or vandalized in the first place. Here are a few simple things you can do:
What do I do if my vehicle has been stolen or vandalized?
It's important to take action quickly if your car is stolen or vandalized. This will increase the odds of recovering your stolen vehicle and get your claims processed faster. Here are the immediate steps you need to take:
Has my car been recalled? – USAA Advice Center
USAA does not seem to make the important distinction that keyed ignition systems are the ones at increased risk. They lack the immobilizer, while that part is included in push-button-ignition vehicles.
When I spoke with USAA customer service yesterday, I was told there is not a place in our vehicle profile to show whether the car has keyed or push-button start. The push-button start is seemingly lumped under Security Systems.
I can't help but wonder if the reputation that Kia's are frequently stolen is increasing the cost of insurance. My Kia is an EV so in addition to being push button start there is no engine to "hotwire."
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