Soul | A Seattle City Vehicle in the US has filed a lawsuit against Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia over the lack of anti-theft technology in some of their models, carmakers said.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court, Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison argued that car manufacturers failed to install anti-theft technology in some vehicles, which led to a sharp increase in their car thefts in Seattle and other areas.
The city said that from 2021 to 2022, thefts of Hyundai and Kia cars are expected to increase by 503 percent and 363 percent, respectively, Yonhap news agency reported.
Hyundai and Kia expressed regret over the legal action in Seattle, apologizing for the inconvenience caused to affected customers.
In a statement, Hyundai said, “In response to increasing thefts targeting our vehicles in the United States without push-button ignitions and immobilizing anti-theft devices, Hyundai Motor America has announced a new 2021 tax ban on all vehicles produced through November 2021.” Engine immobilizer has been made standard.
In addition, the company has taken several actions to prevent theft of affected vehicles, including an upcoming software update that will be available starting next month and will be provided at no cost to customers.
Kia said it is developing and testing advanced safety software for vehicles not originally equipped with an immobilizer and has begun notifying owners of certain models of the availability of this software upgrade at no cost to customers. Have given.
Kia plans to make the software upgrade available for the most affected vehicles by mid-2023.(IANS)
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