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Lyon Firm Files Kia Hyundai Vehicle Theft Class Action Complaint

The Lyon Firm, along with other firms across the country, has filed a class action complaint on behalf of plaintiffs who have purchased or leased 2011-2022 Kia and 2015-2022 Hyundai vehicles equipped with traditional “insert-and-turn” steel key ignition systems.

The vehicles in question are not equipped with an “immobilizer,” which would prevent them from being started unless a code is transmitted from the vehicle’s specific smart key.

This particular security vulnerability, an alleged “defect,” makes the Kia and Hyundai vehicles easier to steal, allowing thieves to move vehicles by opening the steering columns and using a common USB charging cord or similar object to start the engine.

Videos available on TikTok and YouTube give potential thieves step-by-step instructions on how to steal these vehicles without a key. As a result, reports of stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles have been rising nationwide.

Attorneys say the companies have known or should have known of the alleged defect from various sources. The companies failed to disclose and may have actively concealed the defect from the public, and continue to manufacture, distribute, and sell the vehicles.

Plaintiffs seek damages and equitable relief on behalf of themselves and all others who have purchased or leased the Kia and Hyundai models in question.

Contact The Lyon Firm for more information related to the vehicle theft class action filing.