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

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Concerned over the ongoing theft spree affecting some of the automaker’s vehicles, Hyundai is on a sigh of relief for owners.

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

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


After delivering a few steering wheel locks to the respective owners, Hyundai has now started offering an electronic security system for sale that targets this issue.

The Compustar brand unit will eventually be available at all Hyundai dealers, who are being trained to install it and are now working their way through the distribution system, although several parts departments contacted by Fox News Digital said Said they haven’t received the product or any yet. Information

The stealth method takes advantage of the fact that many 2015-2021 Hyundai models use physical keys instead of pushbutton starters that were built without an immobilizer.
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The system includes a glass brake sensor that targets the most common form of burglary entry and stabilizes the ignition if it is set.

Retail price is $170, but Automotive News reports that complete installation can cost as much as $500 with no labor.

Hyundai is also developing a software update for some models to address the issue in a different way that will be available next year, but hasn’t released details on how it will work.

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

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