Seattle City Attorney Blames Kia, Hyundai For Car Thefts

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  A 2005 KIA Spectra is seen on display at a KIA Dealership December 20, 2004 in Oakland, California. The Kia Spectra, a small, four-door sedan that starts at $13,240, received the insurance industry?s worst safety rating in a frontal crash test, the first vehicle to receive such a rating since the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • There’s been a surge of thefts of Kia and Hyundai cars recently, and Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison knows just to blame for it: Kia and Hyundai.
  • Davison filed a lawsuit against those two companies for their alleged role in an exponential increase of car theft in Seattle and other regions.
  • Davison’s office claims that the two car companies’ failure to install anti-theft technology has contributed to an increase of their car models being stolen in Seattle and across the region.
  • In the last two years, thefts of Kia and Hyundai cars increased by 363% and 503% in Seattle, according to the lawsuit. The Seattle Police Department reported a 620% increase in reports of stolen Hyundais and Kias in July, 2022 over the previous July.

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