Excessive theft danger amongst some KIA, Hyundai autos; adjustments coming this 12 months

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Some KIA and Hyundai fashions from 2011 up till 2021 are lacking a key anti-theft characteristic that stops thieves from breaking in and bypassing the automobile’s ignition.

The important thing used to begin the ignition on some KIA’s and Hyundai is now making them a goal for thieves.

“We now have had a few prospects are available in right here and complain concerning the automobile being stolen,” mentioned Midas Auto Store employee Steven Dudley.

Steven Dudley with Midas in Henderson mentioned all of it comes down to 1 key half these vehicles are lacking.

“Autos which might be older, don’t have immobilizers,” mentioned Dudley.

With out the immobilizer, thieves can take management of the automobile and with one easy instrument.

“The USB chord is bypassing it,” mentioned Dudley. “They’re able to begin them, trick the automobile into realizing there’s a key in there after which it’s simply gone.”

A consultant from Towbin Auto Group the place KIA’s are bought in Las Vegas mentioned options are coming.

“A software program replace will go in mannequin by mannequin this 12 months and sure house owners are being contacted now for vendor appointments,” mentioned the consultant who didn’t need to be recognized. “The replace will primarily make the automobile inoperable if there may be an try to begin with out the official metal key.”

Dudley mentioned within the meantime, to at all times maintain your automobile in a safe spot.

“Most likely speak to your neighbors and buddies,” mentioned Dudley. “Discover out individuals who have totally different work schedules. have them maintain and eye in your automobile and you retain and eye on theirs.”

The consultant from Towbin Auto Group additionally mentioned all KIA vehicles which might be bought at that dealership have GPS methods and are additionally putting in complementary alarm methods for individuals shopping for pre-owned KIAs.

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