Dodge Chargers and Challengers are widespread with thieves, however they’re getting some unlikely competitors from Hyundai and Kia.
Based on a Freeway Loss Knowledge Institute (HLDI) evaluation of 2021 insurance coverage claims, “Amongst 2015-19 mannequin 12 months automobiles, theft claims had been practically twice as frequent for Hyundai and Kia automobiles, as a gaggle, as for all different producers.”
The HLDI chalks this as much as the truth that many 2015-2019 Hyundai and Kia automobiles lack digital immobilizers, which make them more durable to steal. The Korean automakers had been late to the sport as immobilizers had been commonplace on 96% of 2015 mannequin 12 months automobiles from different producers, however discovered on simply 26% of Hyundai and Kia automobiles.
That’s a obvious distinction and one which has been highlighted on social media to nice impact. Because the examine famous, “In one of many earliest-affected states, Wisconsin, the fad induced total losses from Hyundai-Kia thefts – the quantity paid on theft claims per insured car 12 months – to soar to greater than 30 instances the 2019 degree.”
HLDI Senior Vice President Matt Moore famous the evaluation discovered “Some automobiles could also be focused as a result of they’re quick or price some huge cash, and others as a result of they’re straightforward to steal.” Hyundai and Kia fashions fall into the latter class and Moore identified, “Our earlier research present that car theft losses plunged after immobilizers had been launched. Sadly, Hyundai and Kia have lagged behind different automakers in making them commonplace tools.”
Hyundai stated the corporate is anxious concerning the current rise in thefts, however famous “all of our automobiles meet or exceed Federal Motor Automobile Security Requirements.” The corporate went on to say that “sadly, our automobiles have been focused in a coordinated effort on social media.”
Kia supplied an analogous assertion, however added “criminals are searching for automobiles solely outfitted with a metal key and turn-to-start ignition system” and “the vast majority of Kia automobiles in the USA are outfitted with a key fob and push-button-to-start system” that makes them more durable to steal.
That’s little comfort for homeowners and the HLDI famous the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, and Kia Sportage have all climbed into their high 20 record for complete car thefts. To assist tackle the issue, Hyundai will supply a safety package at dealerships subsequent month.
That being stated, there are issues Hyundai and Kia homeowners can do to reduce the possibilities of turning into a sufferer. If attainable, park in a locked storage or a effectively lit space. House owners may buy steering wheel locks, comparable to The Membership, or aftermarket immobilizers.
It additionally goes with out saying, don’t go away your keys within the automotive. Which will sound like silly recommendation, however this frequent sense security measure might stop tens of hundreds of thefts yearly as 84,131 automobiles had been stolen with their keys in them in 2019.