Welcome action on Kia and Hyundai by Wisconsin Attorney General
Statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and Alderman Khalif J. Rainey
We applaud the action today of Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul in leading a coalition of 23 attorneys general in calling on the leadership of Kia America (Kia) and Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) to take swift and comprehensive action to help remedy the crisis of car thefts that has occurred as a result of the companies’ failure to equip their vehicles with anti-theft immobilizers.
In a news release, AG Kaul stated: “Kia and Hyundai need to step up to address the scourge of theft of vehicles they manufactured without anti-theft immobilizers. These companies must act swiftly to reduce further harm from the high rates of theft of Kias and Hyundais.”
Alarmingly high theft rates for Kia and Hyundai models continue across the country, and many of these thefts are connected to other crimes, further endangering the public.
In 2021, there were 6,970 Kia and Hyundai vehicles reported stolen in Milwaukee, up from a total of 895 in 2020, a nearly 800% increase. While car thefts slightly declined in Milwaukee in 2022, there were still six Kia and Hyundai cars being stolen every day as of the end of September 2022.
In issuing today’s letter, Attorney General Kaul was joined by attorneys general of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, along with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection.
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