New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin and Governor Murphy are warning drivers in the state of a nationwide trend that has started impacting the state in recent months, where thieves are targeting Hyundai and Kia vehicles due to a viral social media challenge that provides step-by-step instructions for thieves looking to capitalize on their anti-theft vulnerabilities.
The target of these thefts are Hyundai and Kia vehicles lacking push-button ignitions and immobilizing anti-theft devices.
Approximately 540,000 Hyundais and Kias are currently registered in New Jersey, and approximately 143,000 of them are affected by the security vulnerabilities.
These vehicles now account for 19% of all vehicle thefts in the state, Governor Murphy said.
Owners of eligible vehicles are encouraged to contact Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or Kia at 800-333-4542 for information on the free technology fix.