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New York City Files Suit Against Hyundai, Kia Over Thefts

June 7, 2023


New York City has joined other municipalities in suing carmakers Hyundai and Kia for not having immobilizer anti-theft technology in some of their vehicles, which the municipalities claim has resulted in record car thefts and created a public nuisance around crime and crashes.

Hyundai and Kia have failed to keep pace with other manufacturers in installing anti-theft technology that prevents cars from being started without their keys, according to the complaint. The legal filing echoes those filed by St. Louis, Cleveland, San Diego, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Seattle over the increase in Hyundai and Kia thefts.

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