Kia, Hyundai to roll out 'software update' for easily stolen cars

Vehicles from Kia and Hyundai that lack engine immobilisers are stolen twice as frequently as other makes and models across the country.

 In New Orleans, thefts of vehicles in 2022 accounted for almost 25% of the total.

On Thursday night, Hyundai told Eyewitness News that it was working on a similar scheme.

 They claim that their software, which should be accessible "early next month," will prevent thefts of the impacted automobiles.

More information about the software will be available closer to the release date, according to a Hyundai representative.

Louisiana is now exempt from the restrictions placed on affected Kia and Hyundai vehicle coverage by Progressive Insurance.

Both Hyundai and Kia assert that they think these insurance limitations will only last a short while.