Kia is sending out one other theft deterrent for homeowners of its notorious Kia Boyz automobiles – an ignition cylinder protector – in response to an announcement from the automaker. It’s designed for automobiles with key-operated ignition programs that aren’t eligible for the safety software program upgrades Kia put out earlier this yr.
Basically, the brand new deterrent is a free dealer-installed modification that turned accessible on December 20. Kia sellers will set up an ignition cylinder protector that’s supposed to assist reinforce the ignition cylinder physique. This will, in response to Kia, additionally cease the unoriginal TikTook thieves from eradicating the ignition cylinder protector and ignition cowl in the identical manner they’ve been.
To actually drive the purpose residence, Kia says every car that will get the modification will even get little window decals that’ll let the Kia Boyz know that they’re not going to get TikTook well-known with this automotive, no sir!
Here’s a listing of automobiles eligible for the Kia Boyz repair:
2011 – 2016 Sportage
2011 – 2016 Forte
2010 – 2022 Soul
2011 – 2021 Rio
Last yr, Kia launched a software program replace as an additional safety technique to cease these goddamn youngsters from fucking with folks’s little Korean automobiles. According to the automaker, sellers put in the software program on nearly 940,000 automobiles in 2023. Kia has additionally trustworthy quite a lot of short-term software program improve clinics to assist native sellers with set up in “key cities” with extra deliberate within the early a part of this yr.
Kia has additionally offered over 325,000 old-school steering wheel locks to impacted homeowners who aren’t eligible for the software program replace, and it’s working with native police forces and public officers to distribute them.
It’s all properly and good that Kia is attempting to get this repair out en masse, however it could have been good if the ignition programs have been designed accurately from the get-go.