There is reason to believe that the cars are vulnerable to theft. A spree of thefts in major American cities has been enabled by the cars’ key-less ignition systems, with some crooks able to activate the vehicles with as little as a screwdriver and a USB drive. The city of Baltimore is offering free wheel locks to those who own the vehicles — citing a similar spree of thefts.
Today, the City filed a civil lawsuit against Kia America, Inc., Kia Corporation, Hyundai Motor America, and Hyundai Motor Company for their failure to include industry-standard engine immobilizers in models of their vehicles.Read the full release here: https://t.co/xl2S9ApnaX — Mayor Brandon Johnson (@ChicagosMayor) August 24, 2023
Unlike other cars with key-less starters, Kia and Hyundai vehicles don’t require a smart chip linked to a specific vehicle to start the ignition. Thefts of the vehicles exploded after a viral social media video exposing the security flaw was published in May 2022, according to WMAQ-TV. Kia and Hyundai’s attorneys have already reached a tentative $200 million settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by owners of the cars, the Tribune reported. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
As a part of our ongoing efforts to address the recent auto theft incidents involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles, we are providing residents with wheel locks as a preventive measure. pic.twitter.com/SgagAQ9AQu— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) August 25, 2023