Hyundai and Kia car owners are clapping in support of the manufacturers after releasing hundreds of dollars after their vehicles were stolen at an alarming rate due to popularity. TikTok Trends. The “Kia Boyz” challenge encourages people to break into these cars and use a USB cable to start the car.
Only in St. Louis, police said in July, more than 300 Hyundais and Kias were stolen, and they now feel enough is enough. KSDK reports that car owners in at least seven states have filed lawsuits against companies that say their ignition systems can be compromised with a USB cord. Some Kia models manufactured between 2011-2021 and Hyundai models manufactured between 2015-2021 are affected.
Owners in Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in June 2021. Owners in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, and Texas have also recently filed class action lawsuits. Automakers have responded to statements saying that in the future, immobilization technology will be standard on all new vehicles.
Lawyers for the automakers are not easily sued and have argued that the cars are not at fault. The filing states, “The warranty does not cover cases in which the vehicle owner or tenant prefers only an alternative material or an alternative design, for a different preference is not a defect. “
It continued, “The so-called defect in question here – the possibility of theft – is simply not covered by Kia or Hyundai’s express warranty. Plaintiffs pay for lip service for the word ‘defect.’ Their complaint is, essentially, simply that they want an alternative security system for their vehicle, offered to them at no cost, without having to purchase it as an optional upgrade.” .
While the automakers have not yet responded to the class action lawsuit, ABC 7 shared a statement from a Hyundai spokesman regarding the thefts stating: “Hyundai Motor America is concerned about the increase in incidents of crime. local car theft. The safety and well-being of our customers and communities is and will remain our top priority. These vehicles meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and engine immobilizers are standard on all new Hyundai vehicles. “