Auto Theft Trend
There has been a recent uptick in Kia and Hyundai car thefts due to social media videos demonstrating how to break into these vehicles. Kia models from 2011–2021 and Hyundai models from 2015–2021 are being targeted because they do not have engine immobilizers. Kia and Hyundai are aware of the unfortunate situation and have declared willingness to partner with certain local police departments to provide customers with a steering wheel lock at no charge. Both manufacturers have combatted the issue with engine immobilizers for model years 2022 and newer. To learn more about how you can protect your vehicle against theft, we encourage you to reach out to your manufacturer or local police departments. Installation of kill switches that render the vehicle inoperable without a separate key, car alarms with motion detection, or vehicle tracking systems may all help mitigate theft opportunities. Manufacturers request that you have your vehicle identification number (VIN) readily available, which can be found on your vehicle’s registration or
Kia owners call: 800-333-4542
Hyundai owners call: 800-633-5151
While Kia and Hyundai have combatted the issue with engine immobilizers for model years 2022 and newer, there is still the need to get the word out to impacted customers.
information provided by Kemper Personal Insurance.