Some Kia and Hyundai models lack engine immobilizers, which means they don’t require a key or keyfob present to start the engine. This makes them easy targets for thieves. However, Hyundai made engine immobilizers standard on all models starting in 2021, while Kia made them standard in 2022. Certain models received immobilizers earlier, such as the Kia Optima Hybrid (2016), Kia Sorento, and Hyundai Veloster (2018). The following list contains those models that don’t require a key or keyfob to start:
During the pandemic, a trend on TikTok and YouTube went viral teaching people how to hijack some Kia and Hyundai models with a screwdriver and USB charging cord, so thefts of these models skyrocketed.
Both Kia and Hyundai said they are issuing a software update, for free, to customers with affected cars. In addition, both manufacturers are offering free steering wheel locks to some law enforcement agencies around the country to distribute to affected customers. Hyundai’s spokesperson said car owners can also bring their car to a local Hyundai dealer to buy and install a customized security kit.
If you are an owner of one of the affected Kia or Hyundai models, please protect your vehicle from theft by implementing one of the easy solutions offered by the car manufacturers.
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