Will This Technology Slow Down the Rampant Theft of Kia Vehicles?

Jackson Wheeler
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  • The Kia Boys trend targets Kia and Hyundai vehicles that don’t feature ignition immobilizers.
  • This latest modification is to help curb thefts of vehicles that aren’t eligible for the software upgrade Kia rolled out last year.
  • This became available before the end of 2023, but Kia will still provide steering wheel locks for vehicles that are not eligible for the software upgrade.

Kia is still battling the seemingly never-ending trend of Kia Boys car thefts. Last year the company rolled out a software remedy to help solve some of the targeted vehicle thefts, but this immobilizing software wasn’t available on every affected model.

Hoping to quell further thefts of the vehicles that weren’t eligible for this software fix, Kia has released an ignition lock cylinder protector.

Kia says this device reinforces the ignition cylinder body and helps prevent its removal through popular theft methods. Vehicles that are eligible for this ignition lock cylinder protector are 2011-2016 Sportage, 2011-2016 Forte, 2010-2022 Soul, 2011-2021 Rio, and 2014 Sedona.

Kia says it is notifying affected owners about this new lock cylinder protector and directing them to their local Kia dealer for the upgrade. Kia also notes the company is still offering steering wheel locks to affected owners to add another tool to discourage thieves.

Like the software upgrade, this new ignition lock cylinder protector will be free for affected owners. Of course, there’s also a link to check your vehicle’s identification number to make sure it’s eligible for this new upgrade, here.

Do you think this ignition cylinder protector will help? Tell us your thoughts below.

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Wesley Wren has spent his entire life around cars, whether it’s dressing up as his father’s 1954 Ford for Halloween as a child, repairing cars in college or collecting frustrating pieces of history—and most things in between. Wesley is the current steward of a 1954 Ford Crestline Victoria, a 1975 Harley-Davidson FXE and a 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie. Oh yeah, and a 2005 Kia Sedona.

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