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Why Are Kia's and Hyundai's Being Stolen?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 8.3 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles dating back to the 2011 model year can be stolen easily by using just a screwdriver and a USB cord, creating an auto-theft outbreak across the U.S. The cars lack theft immobilizers, whereby computer chips in car keys and steering columns must recognize each other before the engines will start 1. The following table lists the models covered by the software upgrade:


Hyundai Kia
2018-2022 Accent 2011-2022 Sportage
2011-2022 Elantra 2011-2020 Optima
2013-2020 Elantra GT 2011-2022 Sorento
2018-2022 Kona 2011-2021 Forte
2013-2022 Santa Fe 2020-2022 Soul
2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport 2012-2021 Rio
2019 Santa Fe XL 2011-2021 Sedona
2011-2019 Sonata 2021-2022 Seltos
2011-2022 Tucson 2021-2022 K5
2012-2017 and 2019-2021 Veloster
2020-2021 Venue
2013-2014 Genesis Coupe
2020-2021 Palisade


The automakers have unveiled anti-theft software to address the issue, but some police departments report continued rampant thefts despite the software upgrade. The recall fix involves adding an immobilizer to the affected vehicles, which requires a matching chip in a key fob to start the engine. However, the fix is not sufficient enough as the cars are still being stolen. Those specific cars are also targeted, so they will be broken into regardless.

At Max Speed and Sound, we offer an entry-level security system that can almost eliminate the possibility of Kia and Hyundai owners getting their vehicles stolen. Our Compustar security system comes with tilt sensors, starter kill, shock sensors, up to 3,000 ft in range, keyless entry, DroneMobile Ready, 1-year remote warranty, lifetime warranty on the service,105+db alarm siren, and 2 fobs. We use the Compustar 852A for the entry-level security system. We also offer Compustar's entry-level remote start and security system package which is essentially a 852A and a 925S combined. We have many more Compustar devices with a variety of features. If you'd like to know more, visit or call us! (816) 468-4689

Our security system is designed to provide the best protection for your vehicle. It is a great investment for your car and your peace of mind. We are committed to providing the best service and products to our customers in Kansas City. We have been serving the community for over 30 years and we look forward to continuing to do so. Thank you for choosing Max Speed and Sound for your car audio and security needs. We hope to see you soon!

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