[2023 Update] Kia and Hyundai Theft Lawsuit Guide

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On this page, we’ll examine the dramatic increase of Kia and Hyundai Theft recently, how to file a lawsuit Kia and Hyundai lawsuit, steps to follow if you fall victim to Kia and Hyundai Theft, which Kia and Hyundai models are prone to theft, and more.

Kia and Hyundai Theft: An Inside Look

Certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles contain defects that heighten their risk for car thefts.

Many major cities have seen an increase in car thefts targeting Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

The persistent criminal activity targeting Kia and Hyundai vehicles is part of a trend on social media channels called the “Kia Boys”, who exploit the defective steel key ignition system to steal cars and joyride, leading to crashes, property damage, injuries, and even deaths.

Kia and Hyundai thefts are routinely involved in serious accidents and crashes that damage personal property and injure innocent people.

Kia and Hyundai vehicles contain defects known to the company, but little action has been taken to rectify issues and compensate victims for theft related vehicle losses.

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If your Kia or Hyundai vehicle was stolen and you subsequently suffered financial costs, injuries, or other theft related losses as a result, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Certain Kia and Hyundai models manufactured between 2011 and 2022 with steel key ignitions (not push-to-start) are prone to vehicle theft.

Kia models impacted by theft include: 

  • 2015-2021 Kia Forte
  • 2015-2021 Kia Optima
  • 2015-2016 Kia Optima Hybrid
  • 2015-2021 Kia Rio (all body styles)
  • 2015-2021 Kia Sedona
  • 2015-2016 Kia Sorento
  • 2015-2021 Kia Soul
  • 2015-2021 Kia Sportage


Hyundai models impacted by vehicle theft include: 

  • 2015-2021 Hyundai Accent (all body styles)
  • 2015-2021 Hyundai Elantra (two-door and four-door)
  • 2015-2021 Hyundai Kona
  • 2015-2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2015-2021 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2015-2018 Hyundai Veloster

All of the models mentioned above have been blacklisted by State Farm Insurance due to the thefts that have occurred.

There has not been a recall for Kia and Hyundai models prone to car thefts.

However, Kia and Hyundai have both released software upgrades for affected models, hoping that the issues can be corrected.

Despite their efforts, Kia and Hyundai vehicles are still being stolen at alarming rates after the software upgrades.

A class action lawsuit against the companies reached a $200 million settlement to be paid to vehicle owners.

If you or a loved one owned a Kia or Hyundai car that was stolen, and you subsequently suffered financial losses, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Those who were injured by a criminal that stole a Kia or Hyundai car utilizing the theft tactics popularized on social media may also qualify for legal action.

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Kia and Hyundai Cars Stolen By Thieves Due to Vehicle Defects

Kia and Hyundai Cars Stolen By Thieves Due to Vehicle Defects

Hyundai and Kia models made between 2011 and 2022 may be susceptible to thefts due to defects and lacking safety features.

Many of these Kia and Hyundai cars lacked immobilizers: computer chips that must be recognized by another chip in the steering column before the engine starts.

Most vehicle manufacturers require these immobilizer chips in their cars, but Hyundai and Kia have reportedly lagged behind the automotive industry as a whole in implementing them.

The “Kia Challenge” started on TikTok and spread to other social media channels, encouraging teens to break into Hyundai and Kia vehicles and exploit the lacking safety features to steal cars and drive recklessly.

Theft popularized on social media was at an all-time high in 2022, with more than 7,000 Kias and Hyundais stolen in Chicago alone.

How are Kia and Hyundai Cars Stolen?

Thieves have stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles using only a screwdriver or USB cable.

This is due to the fact that affected cars lacked immobilizers.

In order to steal a Kia or Hyundai with a steel key ignition system, thieves peel back the steering column and dismantle the key slot.

Then, a USB cable or a screwdriver can be used to turn the ignition and start the car.

Kia and Hyundai cars can be stolen in under one minute using this technique popularized on social media.

Who are the “Kia Boys”?

“Kia Boys” or “Kia Boyz” are the names that thieves have given themselves on social media.

Spreading information on how to steal cars and posting videos of their dangerous joyriding, Kia boys have inspired impressionable teens to take part in auto theft across the country.

At least eight fatalities have occurred as a result of crashes caused by “Kia Boys” and thieves inspired by trends spread on social media channels.

How Has Kia and Hyundai Responded?

No official recall has been announced for Hyundai and Kia vehicles impacted by the lacking safety features that make the cars more prone to theft.

A class action lawsuit was filed against these companies, resulting in a $200 million settlement.

Kia and Hyundai are both offering free software upgrades to owners of vehicles with the security flaw, and they believe that will solve the issue.

However, reports have surfaced of car owners who have been victims of car thefts even after receiving the software upgrades pushed by Kia and Hyundai.

How to Prevent Hyundai and Kia Car Thefts

Owners of affected vehicles are encouraged to implement safety features and anti theft devices to keep their vehicles out of the hands of thieves.

How to Prevent Hyundai and Kia Car Thefts

These anti theft tactics include:

  • Steering wheel locks
  • Engine immobilizer upgrades
  • Software upgrades implemented by Kia America and Hyundai Motor North America
  • Other anti theft features that prevent ignition and steering wheel use

Filing Lawsuits for Kia and Hyundai Thefts

Filing Lawsuits for Kia and Hyundai Thefts

While there is a class action lawsuit for Hyundai and Kia vehicles, we are investigating the filing of individual lawsuits on behalf of people financially impacted or injured by stolen vehicles.

We understand that the impact of having your vehicle stolen cannot be rectified by a small payment.

Your privacy was violated, your personal property was damaged, and simply paying a small settlement to cover the defects on your vehicle is not enough.

Personal injury and product liability lawsuits aim to compensate victims of car thefts for what they’ve experienced.

We are also considering filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of people injured in accidents involving stolen Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

Is There a Class Action Lawsuit for Kia and Hyundai Models Affected by Vehicle Thefts?

Yes, there is a class action lawsuits filed for Hyundai and Kia vehicles impacted by defects.

Recently, a $200 million settlement was reached in the Kia and Hyundai Class Action Lawsuit.

The settlement covers 9 million vehicles that lack push-button ignitions and anti-theft immobilizers, as well as $145 million for out-of-pocket losses for consumers who had cars stolen.

TorHoerman Law: Your Car Theft Lawyers

If your Kia or Hyundai vehicles have been stolen and you subsequently suffered financial losses, such as increased insurance premiums, other transportation costs, and related expenses and out of pocket losses, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and secure financial compensation.

Our law firm is experienced in dealing with product liability claims, and we will work hard to hold the manufacturers responsible for your stolen vehicle accountable for their negligence.

Contact us for a free consultation.

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