A TikTok trend has caught up where ‘Kia Boyz’ are stealing Kia and Hyundai cars in the USA and Canada using a simple USB.
If you own Kia or Hyundai cars in Canada or US, they might be at risk of being stolen. In a weird turn of events, a group by the name of ‘Kia Boyz’ has been actively going after cars from the Korean carmakers that don’t have a factory-fitted engine immobilizer. While it may be natural for all modern cars to come with immobilizers, some of the older versions of cars from Hyundai and Kia didn’t offer it on all their cars sold in North America. Read the details here.
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Kia & Hyundai Cars In Danger of Being Stolen?
Funnily enough, ‘Kia Boyz’ are stealing tons of Hyundai and Kia cars after following a trend on TikTok that gives instructions on how to carry out this task. It is incredible and concerning at the same time to see what social media is capable of these days. Reportedly, this group is targeting Kia and Hyundai cars that have the steel key with the turn-to-ignition mechanism. Modern cars come with key fobs that can communicate with the immobilizer to detect whether the key is genuine or not.
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In the case of fake keys or such attempts to steal the car using other techniques, the fuel supply will be cut. Hence, even if someone breaks in, he/she won’t be able to drive the vehicle. Interestingly, all cars in Canada after 2007 are legally required to come equipped with immobilizers. Therefore, at least for the people in Canada, it shouldn’t be a cause of worry if you have purchased the vehicle after 2007.
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Kia and Hyundai vehicles come with a ton of modern equipment and features. Also, the newer cars are all equipped with anti-theft components like immobilizers or alarm systems. On the other hand, as the thieves and miscreants become smarter, they are devising ways to cheat the system, especially when so many components and functions in a car are electronic. We must know that while electronics make our lives easier, the negative entities also make themselves updated with the latest technology in order to develop ways to cheat the system. What are your thoughts on the matter?
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“It is unfortunate that criminals are using social media to target vehicles without engine immobilizers in a coordinated effort,” a Kia spokesperson told CNBC. “While no car can be made theft-proof, criminals are seeking vehicles solely equipped with a steel key and ‘turn-to-start’ ignition system. The majority of Kia vehicles in the United States are equipped with a key fob and ‘push-button-to-start’ system, making them more difficult to steal. All 2022 Kia models and trims have an immobilizer applied either at the beginning of the model year or as a running change.” he added.
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