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If your Hyundai or Kia uses a physical ignition key, it can be stolen with relative ease. As we've reported, a USB cable is all that's necessary to get away with a new car. It's a costly problem for police in cities such as Colombus, Ohio, and Denver. Insurers in these regions and others have now had enough. Insurance giants State Farm and Progressive refuse to insure many vehicles sold by the two Korean auto brands in those cities and others now.
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We've reached out to the insurers to get official confirmation but haven't yet heard back. News outlets in both of the aforementioned regions have independently confirmed many Kia/Hyundai owners have been denied coverage, even if their vehicles do not have physical ignition keys. Staffers at The Drive who live in Denver were refused policies from Progressive when attempting to insure a Hyundai/Kia online: "Based on the vehicle information provided, we are unable to offer you a policy at this time," the company said.
Those who are accepted by either insurer may have much higher rates in these areas. A resident of the St. Louis region who spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jay Zunich, said Progressive wanted $350 a month to insure his 2020 Hyundai Elantra, even though it has pushbutton start.
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The Kia Soul is one of the many vehicles from the two automakers affected by the vulnerability. Kia
Vehicles from both Korean brands represent a staggering percentage of vehicle thefts in many metropolitan areas. In Colombus, Ohio, 38% of all vehicles stolen are Hyundais or Kias. In Los Angeles it's 20%. The LAPD has even issued an alert instructing owners to install theft deterrents like battery disconnects, GPS trackers, or steering wheel locks. One dealer in St. Louis even offers its own Bluetooth immobilizer for the cars, and a few cities nationwide are considering suing the automakers to address the problem.

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Hyundai—and by extension, Kia—have done little to combat the issue. Hyundai donated 80 steering wheel locks to Cleveland police and now offers a security kit—which owners have to pay up to $500 to install—that allegedly prevents easy thefts. Many feel it's too little too late, and needless to say, owners, local governments, and insurers aren't happy. Major Insurance Companies Are Refusing to Cover Hyundai and Kias Because They're Stolen Too Much (msn.com)
 

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I have Progresso now because Geico doubled my rate after that little accident I had last year. So I dropped them as fast as I could.
 
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I love this line from the article "as we've reported, a USB cable is all that's necessary to get away with a new car."

It sounds like if you have a USB cable, KIA's and Hyundai's will just open up, start up and bam, it's all yours. No mess, no fuss.

No misleading reporting going on here. The part where you need to bust out a window and then beat the crap out of the steering column with tools much different than a USB cable, isn't even a part of the crime.
 

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I love this line from the article "as we've reported, a USB cable is all that's necessary to get away with a new car."

It sounds like if you have a USB cable, KIA's and Hyundai's will just open up, start up and bam, it's all yours. No mess, no fuss.

No misleading reporting going on here. The part where you need to bust out a window and then beat the crap out of the steering column with tools much different than a USB cable, isn't even a part of the crime.
I wonder what side of the usb cable you are supposed to use or if it matters if it’s usb-c, lightning, or micro usb.
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I love this line from the article "as we've reported, a USB cable is all that's necessary to get away with a new car."

It sounds like if you have a USB cable, KIA's and Hyundai's will just open up, start up and bam, it's all yours. No mess, no fuss.

No misleading reporting going on here. The part where you need to bust out a window and then beat the crap out of the steering column with tools much different than a USB cable, isn't even a part of the crime.
My daughter's co-worker's boyfriend's son who's going with this girl that knows her mother's uncle's boss said that just thinking about stealing a Kia or Hyundai will make it start!

 

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I love this line from the article "as we've reported, a USB cable is all that's necessary to get away with a new car."

It sounds like if you have a USB cable, KIA's and Hyundai's will just open up, start up and bam, it's all yours. No mess, no fuss.

No misleading reporting going on here. The part where you need to bust out a window and then beat the crap out of the steering column with tools much different than a USB cable, isn't even a part of the crime.
It doesn't matter. You just plug it in and it starts right up!
 

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I wonder what side of the usb cable you are supposed to use or if it matters if it’s usb-c, lightning, or micro usb.
I'm not sure, but I think the answer to this crime wave is to LOCK UP THE USB CABLES. Throw those little suckers in jail.
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