AG Platkin: Hyundai, Kia vehicles targeted for theft, owners should take precautions

The New Jersey attorney general wants Hyundai and Kia drivers in New Jersey to take precautions to prevent their vehicles from being stolen.
Attorney General Matt Platkin says a challenge is circulating around TikTok and other social media platforms showing thieves a step-by-step process to hotwire Hyundais and Kias and steal them.
Platkin says there are a little more than 8 million cars registered in New Jersey, with about 540,000 being Hyundais or Kias.
"Among those Hyundais and Kias, 143,000 are affected by this theft vulnerability. Although Hyundais and Kias make up just about 6.5% of vehicles on the road, they account for 19% of all the auto thefts in the state so far in 2023,” Platkin said.
Hyundai and Kia owners should contact their manufacturer to see if their vehicle is impacted and if it is eligible for a free software upgrade.
Those who are not eligible should consider getting a steering wheel lock.