A Preventable Surge of Hyundai and Kia Thefts in the U.S. – Pixel Envy

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Aaron Gordon
PERSON

, writing at the remaining shell of Vice:

For

the last three months
DATE

, I’ve been trying to find an answer to a basic question at the heart of this theft wave: Why didn’t the

U.S.
GPE

follow

Canada
GPE

’s lead and mandate immobilizers, too? If it had, either around the same time as

Canada
GPE

or when it considered new regulations in

the mid-2010s
DATE

, the method of stealing

Kias
ORG

and

Hyundais
PRODUCT

widely popularized in online videos would not be possible, as evidenced by the fact that no similar theft wave is occurring north of the border. (

Canada
GPE

is experiencing its own problems with auto thefts, as explained below, but the trend is tied to organized crime and not centered around

Kias
ORG

and

Hyundais
PRODUCT

or engine immobilizers).

I appreciate

Gordon
PERSON

looking into this more than I was able to when I wrote about it

earlier this year
DATE

.

TikTok
ORG

and other social media platforms are being scapegoated for not preventing the spread of the technique behind this wave of thefts when it could have been prevented in the

first
ORDINAL

place by regulators and automakers.