AAA Steps As much as Supply Insurance coverage for TikTok-Well-known, Stealable Hyundais

  • The unending TikTok-challenge saga is definitely, slowly coming to an finish.
  • Hyundai has introduced that its software updates, which make the vehicles not as straightforward to steal as they’re within the in style movies, at the moment are out there for all affected fashions, a number of months forward of schedule.
  • AAA additionally introduced that it’s going to supply homeowners of affected fashions insurance coverage choices, following the information earlier this yr that each Progressive and State Farm both raised charges on the affected fashions or just declined to supply new insurance policies.

Hyundai simply completed rolling out a collection of model-by-model software program updates for the practically 4 million of its autos that, till the replace, remained weak to an ultra-easy theft technique popularized on TikTok.

The software program rollout began in February, and availability for the later fashions is going on a number of months sooner than Hyundai’s beforehand introduced schedule.

Hyundai’s new code is supposed for affected autos with out a built-in digital immobilizer. The replace makes it in order that the TikTok technique will not work as a result of the vehicles now require a bodily key to deactivate the brand new “ignition kill” characteristic. Hyundai (and Kia, which additionally has affected autos) has made it clear how necessary it’s to put in this replace and stated any Hyundai dealership might carry out the replace, which ought to take lower than an hour.

One Insurer That is Not Strolling Away

Along with that, the automaker introduced final week it’s partnering with AAA to supply insurance coverage protection for affected autos. That won’t sound like a lot of a deal, however earlier this yr, each State Farm and Progressive stated they might not settle for new insurance policies for the simply stolen fashions or raised costs, so having at the least one assured protection supplier positive is healthier than none.

Granted, now that the software program resolution is rolling out, the autos are not as virally tempting, which ought to imply AAA will not should pay out as many potential {dollars} to recuperate stolen Hyundais as insurers have been going through earlier than.

Hyundai and AAA stated the brand new protection choices could be out there in “most” states, excluding Alaska, Massachusetts, and Washington, as a result of AAA doesn’t function in these states.

Know If You Have an Affected Automobile

In case you have an affected automobile or suppose you may, you will get extra data on the official website.

In the event you aren’t in a position to get the software program replace to your automobile, Hyundai is providing a program for no-cost steering wheel locks or different anti-theft gadgets, like alarm kits. Each Hyundai automobile constructed since November 2021 has a built-in engine immobilizer.

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Sebastian Blanco has been writing about electrical autos, hybrids, and hydrogen vehicles since 2006. His articles and automobile opinions have appeared within the New York Instances, Automotive Information, Reuters, SAE, Autoblog, InsideEVs,, Automobile Discuss, and different retailers. His first green-car media occasion was the launch of the Tesla Roadster, and since then he has been monitoring the shift away from gasoline-powered autos and discovering the brand new expertise’s significance not only for the auto business, however for the world as a complete. Throw within the latest shift to autonomous autos, and there are extra attention-grabbing adjustments taking place now than most individuals can wrap their heads round. You’ll find him on Twitter or, on good days, behind the wheel of a brand new EV.