The trend of stealing Kias and Hyundais started in Milwaukee in December 2021 and has spread across the country because it’s incredibly easy to do so, and thieves are sharing how-to videos on social media.
The nationwide rash of thefts has gotten so bad that Hyundai has finally come up with a $170 solution. A new anti-theft security kit Hyundai developed in partnership with Compustar is now available. The kit includes both a kill switch and an alarm.
The kit will be available at all of its 820 dealers in the U.S. and will take around two and a half hours to install. Hyundai is also working on a software fix for this issue. Vehicle owners will be expected to pay for the installation of the kit, which could cost up to $500.