There has been an unprecedented surge in car thefts across the US over the last two years. Certain models of Kia and Hyundai have been specifically targeted ever since a viral TikTok appeared in 2021 showing how to easily hijack these vehicles using just a USB cord. The video revealed a software deficiency that makes them incredibly easy to hotwire. Affected vehicles include Kia models from 2011 to 2021 and Hyundai models from 2015 to 2021.
In response to the situation, several insurance carriers have declined to cover these models, while others have elected to raise premiums for coverage on these cars. Dozens of class action lawsuits have been filed against Hyundai and Kia, and the manufacturers have been pressured to roll out recalls to fix the software problems that are enabling these thefts. However, these recalls have not been filed as of yet. Instead, Hyundai and Kia have provided steering wheel locks to affected car owners through some police departments.
Unfortunately, not all police departments have been able to partner with these manufacturers to give away these steering wheel locks. We confirmed with the Carroll County Sheriff’s office that they are not planning any sort of giveaway. Howard County MD did recently hand these clubs out to residents, but supplies were quickly depleted.