According to a recent article by MSN, nearly 80% of compromised Kias and Hyundais still lack software upgrades that would protect them from being stolen. In addition, the Highway Loss Data Institute has confirmed that 2015-2019 Hyundai and Kia models are roughly twice as likely to be stolen as other vehicles of similar age.
In September 2023, Hyundai and Kia agreed to a consumer class-action lawsuit settlement worth $200 million over rampant car thefts of the Korean automakers’ vehicles. The settlement covers about 9 million U.S. owners and includes up to $145 million for out-of-pocket losses for consumers who had cars stolen. Hyundai and Kia said they will compensate owners “who incurred theft-related vehicle losses or damage in addition to reimbursement for insurance deductibles, increased insurance premiums, and other theft related losses.” For customers whose vehicles cannot accommodate security software upgrades, the Korean automakers will provide up to $300 for the purchase of steering wheel locks and other theft deterrent or prevention devices.
In light of these developments, it is important for Kia owners to take necessary precautions to prevent their cars from being stolen. Some tips include parking in well-lit areas, installing an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock, and keeping valuables out of sight.
How can I protect my Hyundai or Kia from being stolen?
- Park in well-lit areas: Thieves are less likely to target cars parked in well-lit areas as they are more visible to passersby.
- Install an immobilizer: An immobilizer is a device that prevents your car from being hot-wired and stolen by someone who doesn’t have a key to start the engine. You can purchase an immobilizer for your Kia or Hyundai if it doesn’t already have one installed.
- Use a steering wheel lock: A steering wheel lock is another anti-theft device that can prevent thieves from successfully turning the wheel altogether.
- Keep valuables out of sight: Avoid leaving valuable items such as laptops, phones, or wallets in plain sight inside your car. This can attract thieves and make them more likely to break into your car.
- Add a VAIS Push-to-Start: Adding a VAIS Push-to-Start system adds the comfort of having full anti-theft communication not only in accessing your car, but also starting it. Read more on our product page. https://vaistech.com/seer-pts/