It’s not clear if it’s certain models that thieves are going for, aware of which vehicles can be stolen or not. One report mentions a Kia Sportage that was stolen and then involved in a fatal collision in Minnesota.
Hyundai and Kia are aware of the issue, having both released statements insisting that all new models sold are fitted with an immobilizer as standard for 2022. Unfortunately, there remain more questions than answers about a permanent fix.
Dealers are reportedly feeling the strain, as it comes down to insurance companies to grant the request for theft repairs. Juston Anderson, general manager of Buerkle Hyundai in Minnesota is looking for a solution.
Speaking to Automotive News, he said, “We’re really hoping the manufacturer, at some point, has some guidance that could help us at least have some good news to tell the customer.”
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