Was your car stolen? It may be your car’s fault! Following the recent TikTok popularization of Kia and Hyundai USB-based thefts, MLG Attorneys at Law has taken action.
In August 2022, LAPD issued an alert saying a TikTok trend may be behind an increase in thefts of Kia and Huyndai vehicles – with viral videos exposing a weakness in the cars’ ignitions that can make them easier to steal. The cars specifically at risk did not have an ignition immobilizer.
Immobilizers prevent thefts or any foreign key from starting an engine. This is achieved by disabling the engine management system. Several electronic components work together to keep the car immobilized when not in use. 2011-2021 Kia vehicles and 2015-2021 Hyundai vehicles equipped with standard key ignitions and that lack an immobilizer are most at risk. To find out if your vehicle has an immobilizer, you can check your vehicle’s manual.
To view our September press release on PRNewswire, click here. To watch KTLA news coverage, click here. To view the filed complaint click here.
To view our letter to the California Governor, click here. To read the October press release regarding our letter to Newsom, click here.