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Kia and Hyundai Owners May Be Eligible for Anti-Theft Software Upgrades and Compensation

Carmakers Kia and Hyundai recently settled a class-action lawsuit with consumers over a fault in many of their cars that made them easy to steal. The settlement could be valued at up to $200 million. People who bought or leased certain model-year 2011 to 2022 Kia or Hyundai vehicles with traditional turn-key ignition systems could be eligible to receive a free anti-theft software upgrade and compensation provided by the settlement terms. These vehicles were not equipped with an engine immobilizer, making it possible for thieves to steal the car using only a screwdriver and a USB cord. The lawsuit was spurred by a wave of auto thefts starting in 2021, fueled by social media posts showing how to steal these car models.

Many Oakland residents’ Kia or Hyundai cars have been stolen or broken into as part of this rash of thefts. Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker and Mayor Sheng Thao encourage all affected Oaklanders to access the free anti-theft software upgrade and compensation they are entitled to as part of this class-action settlement.

If you are an eligible car owner, you should receive notification in the mail or by email telling you how to submit a claim, or you can go to the Kia or Hyundai settlement websites to find out if your car was included in the settlement and how to submit a claim.

  • All eligible cars can receive a free anti-theft software update by bringing their car to a Hyundai or Kia dealership.
  • If your car is not compatible with the software update, you should be eligible for up to $300 to cover other anti-theft devices.
  • If your car was stolen or broken into, you could be eligible for cash compensation of up to several thousand dollars in reimbursements for costs for loss or damage to your car, stolen personal property, insurance deductibles and premiums, and transportation, towing, lost income, childcare, and other related expenses.

The court must grant final approval of the settlement. That hearing is scheduled for July 15, 2024, and there may be appeals after that. Car owners should submit their claims now but be aware they will not receive any funds until sometime after the final settlement hearing.

However, all eligible car owners are entitled to receive the software updates with the anti-theft protections NOW, FOR FREE, by contacting their local Kia or Hyundai dealership.

For more information, see the consumer settlement website.

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Kia and Hyundai Owners May Be Eligible for Anti-Theft Software Upgrades and Compensation