Parents Sue Kia After Teens Killed in Stolen Crashed SUV (article continued)
If the problem is due to a lack of engine immobilizers, then it follows model year 2011-2021 Hyundai and Kia vehicles would be on the top of the list for most stolen models.
However, in 2021 before teenage criminals were being influenced by online videos, no Hyundai or Kia model made the top 10 most-stolen vehicle list in 2021 based on data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
Top 10 Stolen Vehicles For 2021
1. Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
2. Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
3. Honda Civic
4. Honda Accord
5. Toyota Camry
6. GMC Pick-Up (Full Size)
7. Nissan Altima
8. Honda CR-V
9. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
10. Toyota Corolla
The research doesn't track how many of those stolen vehicles were equipped with engine immobilizers. Additionally, lawyers haven't announced if the above automakers will be sued because criminals broke into and stole the vehicles.
Hyundai and Kia have always insisted teenagers are causing the problems, not a lack of immobilizers. The automakers say all the vehicles meet federal safety standards, but because of all the heat poured on them, Hyundai and Kia are taking action to make it more difficult to steal the vehicles.
The Kia theft lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York: Sherisse Payne, Individually, and as the Proposed Administrator of the Estate of Kevin Payne, Jr., and Tysheen Daniels, Individually, and as the Proposed Administrator of the Estate of Swazine Swindle, vs. Kia Corporation, et al.
The plaintiffs are represented by MLG Attorneys At Law, APLC, and Richmond Vona, LLC.