May 17, 2002

1999 – 2001 Acura Integra most stolen vehicle in U.S.A

Arlington, Virginia – The Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, released its annual report on automobile theft losses yesterday. The Acura Integra (2- and 4-door) had the most frequent theft claims among 1999-2001 models. Its claim frequency was more than 8 times the average for all cars and more than 2-1/2 times higher than the frequency for the vehicle with the second highest theft claim frequency, the Jeep Wrangler.

Largely because of the Integra’s very high rate of claims, this car also had the greatest overall theft losses, as measured by the average cost of claims per insured vehicle – about 14 times the average and more than twice the cost of the vehicle with the second highest overall losses.
HLDI results are the only reported theft results based on the number of insured vehicles. HLDI identifies vehicles with the worst theft losses by counting the number of theft claims by make and model relative to the number of each make and model insured. Models with the highest losses are identified by calculating both frequency and cost of claims.

The Acura Integra has been on HLDI’s “10 worst” list for theft for the last five years. Honda started equipping Integras with passive immobilizing antitheft devices, beginning with 2000 models, and results for 2000 Integras show declines in theft claims to 16.8 per 1,000 insured vehicle years, compared with 25.0 for 1999 Integras. However, the claim frequency has gone back up to 21.6 per 1,000 for 2001 models.

“Immobilizers are thought to be more effective in deterring amateur thieves than the professionals,” says Kim Hazelbaker, HLDI senior vice president. “Theft investigators believe that Integras are targeted by professional thieves for their parts and that many of those parts, like the more powerful engine, end up on modified Honda Civics.”

Since 1980 overall theft claim frequencies have declined while average insurance payments per claim have increased. Overall losses, which had held constant for many years at about $20 per insured vehicle year, declined to about $15 for 1999-2001 models.

Passenger vehicles with highest theft claim frequencies, 1999-2001 models (claims per 1,000 insured vehicle years).

Make/Series Frequency
Acura Integra 21.7
Jeep Wrangler 8.5
Jeep Cherokee 4WD 6.6
Honda Prelude 6.4
Mitsubishi Mirage 6.2
Chrysler 300M 5.9
Hyundai Tiburon 5.5
Dodge Intrepid 5.1
Mitsubishi Mirage 5.1
Chrysler LHS 5.0
Average for all cars 2.6

Passenger vehicles with highest theft losses, 1999-2001 models (average loss payment per insured vehicle year).

Make/Series Payment
Acura Integra $205
BMW X5 4WD $92
Chevrolet Corvette (convertible) $86
Lincoln Navigator 4WD $65
Mercedes CLK class $57
Audi A6 Quattro $57
Chevrolet Corvette (coupe) $52
Lincoln Navigator $51
Lexus LX series 4WD $49
Dodge Ram 3500 series $46
Average for all cars $15

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