Half of new cars receive poor security rating over vulnerability to thefts

Investigators found the keyless entry systems can be easily bypassed by thieves

Half of the new cars launched this year have been given a poor security rating after investigators found their keyless entry systems could easily be bypassed by thieves, who use relay equipment to hijack the car’s entry code from the victim’s home.

Thatcham Research, which tests cars on behalf of car insurers, said the 2019 models of Ford Mondeo, Hyundai Nexo, Kia ProCeed, Lexus UX, Porsche Macan and Toyota Corolla had all been rated as poor because they were vulnerable to this type of theft.

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