Kia, Hyundai face class-action lawsuits amid 30% surge in Twin Cities auto thefts
September 19, 2022
What began as a social media trend in Milwaukee has become a surge in Kia and Hyundai thefts across the nation, including the Twin Cities. A slew of class-action lawsuits against the automaker allege the vehicles were built to be too easily stolen.
Residents from Minnesota and more than a dozen other states have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers in order to recoup money they lost, and it's possible that millions of other car owners could join them.
A Star Tribune analysis of police data from Minneapolis and St. Paul shows that automobile thefts have surged by about 35% in Minneapolis and 28% in St. Paul compared to last year. Vehicles made by Kia and Hyundai have helped drive this surge, because of a social media challenge dubbed "Kia Boys."