Thursday, February 22, 2024
News Kia Announces Another Fix for Easy-Steal Ignition Cylinders

Kia Announces Another Fix for Easy-Steal Ignition Cylinders

New fix for Kia Boys theft

  • Millions of models affected by theft vulnerability

  • This fix is for models not eligible for software updates


To help fix the serious theft issue it faces in the U.S., Kia gave out anti-theft devices and promised a software fix for many models. For those that can’t get a software fix, it has just announced yet another workaround. A new bit of hardware and a sticker.

Kia calls it a hardware modification, but it is a new piece that reinforces the ignition cylinder. The car can still be stolen using a USB cable or a pair of pliers, but the new cylinder reinforcement should make it more difficult to access the part of the cylinder a thief needs to get to.

Once the reinforcement is fitted, Kia dealers will put a sticker on the window. The automaker appears to hope that crooks will see the sticker and assume that it makes the model not worth their time.

It’s been almost a year since Kia (and Hyundai) announced a software update to attempt to curb vehicle theft. That update came more than a year after a trend on TikTok showed that many vehicles with a key ignition could be stolen by turning the ignition cylinder with a USB cable.

Millions of vehicles were affected by the vulnerability. Kia said that nearly 1 million owners have had the software update applied (for free) at their dealers.

Kia also said that it will continue to provide free steering wheel locks to affected owners who would not benefit from the software update. The automaker has handed out more than 325,000 of the locks already.

Vehicles eligible for this ignition reinforcement include the 2011-2016 Sportage and Forte, 2010-2022 Kia Soul, 2011-2021 Rio, and 2014 Sedona.

 

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