There is an alarming rise in theft of Kia cars and Hyundai vehicles. Automakers blame these waves of crime on TikTok users, who happily reveal how easy it is to steal them. But some owners of stolen cars are filing class-action lawsuits against the automaker itself, with their lawyers arguing that Hyundai intentionally made less safe cars to cut costs.
Hyundai and Kia thefts permeate the roof
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Back in August 2021, Chicago police received reports of 58 stolen Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Fast forward to August 2022, and that number has increased to 601.
Cities across the country are experiencing similar crime waves, according to The Wall Street Journal. It seems that it all started on TikTok.
This TikTok video shows starring “Kia Boys” who appears to have been taken from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, potential criminals How to steal easily Some Hyundai and Kia cars. These compounds are usually the primary decorations of the manufacturer. In order for the operation to succeed “hack” The easy way, the car should have a traditional steel key, not a key with a slide or start button.
rupture “Kia Boys” Steering column ignition system. Then they use a micro USB charging cable to spin the tumbler and start the car.
Was Hyundai able to prevent these thefts?
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Why is it not easy to steal all new vehicles with traditional keys? Most automakers include a simple chip, even in their primary steel keys. The presence of this chip deactivates the immobilizer and allows the car to start.
CBS Chicago covered thirteen separate lawsuits against Hyundai/Kia. These lawsuits seek to compensate owners of stolen cars, arguing that Hyundai/Kia skimped on security to cut costs.
Ken McClain is the lead attorney in the Illinois lawsuit against Hyundai. he claims, “Kia and Hyundai have known for a long time that their failure to include an immobilizer puts their cars at a disadvantage…it affects millions of people, probably”.
What is Hyundai doing now?
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Buth Hyundai and Kia spokespeople decline to comment on the claim that their companies intentionally cut corners. the reason? They don’t comment on “pending litigation”.
Both Hyundai and Kia claim that every 2022 and later vehicle will include the important immobilizer. However, owners of the Hyundai 2022 continue to report that their cars have been stolen. There’s a good chance that stealing brand-new Hyundais and Kias cars would be really easier, but it seems that TikTok users who have been swept by the viral challenge have found a way to defeat the immobilizer.
And what about car owners who are most at risk: certain base model 2011-2021 Kias and 2016-2021 Hyundais? Automakers give police wheel locks to be distributed to relevant Hyundai and Kia owners.
Read about how the stickshift transmission stopped a car theft or watch CBS’ coverage of the lawsuit against Hyundai in the video below: