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Free anti-theft software upgrade now available for some Kia models

In response to increasing thefts targeting its vehicles without push-button ignitions and immobilizing anti-theft devices, Kia is introducing a free anti-theft software upgrade to prevent the vehicles from starting during a method of theft popularized on TikTok and other social media channels.

Kia has already started notifying owners about this free software upgrade and anticipates making it available to most owners of affected vehicles over the next few months.

Kia owners with questions may contact the Customer Care team directly at 1-800-333-4542 (4Kia). In addition, a special section of the Owner’s Portal at has been published for owners to research software upgrade availability at