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Here’s how much Hyundai’s new security system targeting TikTok thefts costs

Relief is on the way for Hyundai owners concerned about the ongoing theft spree affecting some of the automaker’s vehicles.

Thousands have been stolen across the US over the past two years using a simple technique that has been spread via TikTok, YouTube and other social media.

The method takes advantage of the fact that several 2015-2021 Hyundai models and 2011-2021 Kias that use physical keys instead of pushbutton starters were built without immobilizers, which allows thieves to pull off the steering column cover and use a USB cable to turn the ignition.

The system includes a glass break sensor that targets the most common form of entry in the thefts and immobilizes the ignition if it is set off.

The retail price is $170, but Automotive News reports that the full installation could cost as much as $500 with labor.

Kia is continuing its own steering wheel lock distribution campaign, but has not announced any electronic solutions to the vulnerability.

Category: Technology

Source: New York Post

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