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Settlement reached in Kia, Hyundai vehicle theft class action lawsuit

Owners of vehicles that are not eligible for the Software Upgrade can receive reimbursement of up to $300 for anti-theft devices

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit regarding the susceptibility of certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles to theft. The case, titled *In re: Kia Hyundai Vehicle Theft Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation*, was settled in the California federal court. The lawsuit claims that specific Kia/Hyundai models from 2011 to 2022 lack engine immobilizers, making them prone to theft and damage.

Under the settlement, the automakers will establish a Common Fund from $80 million to $145 million to cover approved claims for out-of-pocket losses resulting from thefts or attempted thefts of the affected vehicles. Additionally, Kia will offer a free Software Upgrade for eligible cars, preventing the engine from starting without the key. This upgrade will be available at no cost at authorized Kia/Hyundai dealerships.

Owners of eligible vehicles can also receive reimbursement for various related expenses:

  • Up to $250 for lost income or childcare costs during the Software Upgrade.
  • Up to $50 for a steering wheel lock.
  • Up to $350 per crucial fob for OEM-issued key fobs (limited to two per vehicle).

Owners of vehicles that are not eligible for the Software Upgrade can receive reimbursement of up to $300 for anti-theft devices. If the dealer has already provided the customer with a steering wheel lock, the customer can receive a reimbursement of up to $250.

To benefit from the settlement, owners must submit a Claim Form along with supporting documentation by January 11, 2025. Claim Forms are available online at www.KiaTheftSettlement.com and www.HyundaiTheftSettlement.com or can be requested via phone or email.

Moreover, participants who do not wish to be part of the settlement must exclude themselves by May 3, 2024, to retain the right to sue Kia independently. Those who do not exclude themselves can object to the settlement or request to speak at the Fairness Hearing scheduled for July 15, 2024, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

At the hearing, the court will review the settlement’s fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy. The court may also consider objections and permit appearances from individuals who have provided prior notice.

For more information and to submit claims, visit:

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