For the third consecutive year, the Honda 1994 Accord was recognized as the most-frequently stolen car in the U.S. The National Insurance Crime Bureau points to weak security systems and a demand for its parts as factors that have made it a favorite target of thieves.
In 2010, nearly 52,000 Honda Accords were stolen, according to data from the FBI. Last year, the 1995 Honda Civic came in second in this list with Toyota Motor Corp.'s 1991 Camry ranking third.
The report indicated that Honda and Toyota cars are among the top three most stolen cars since 2000. Frank Scafidi, a spokesman for NICB, said that the black market for stolen parts is “substantial.” He said that these vehicles are actually “worth more in parts than they are intact."
This year marks the first time since 2002 that there are more domestic (U.S.) cars than foreign models in the NICB's top 10 list.
Three Ford Motor Co. models were in this list, together with Chrysler Group LLC's Dodge Ram and Dodge Caravan. John Â Abounader, executive director of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, said that there are more domestic models in this list due to the advancements as well as the heightened reliability and durability of the U.S. vehicles.