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City of Newark Police Division
Monday October 2nd, 2023 :: 12:23 p.m. EDT


Kia and Hyundai Vehicle Security Update

In recent months, a nationwide trend has started impacting New Jersey, where thieves are targeting Kia and Hyundai vehicles due to a viral social media “challenge” known as the "Kia Challenge." The target of these thefts are Kia and Hyundai vehicles lacking push-button ignitions and immobilizing anti-theft devices. Thieves can simply break into the vehicle without setting off the alarm by breaking a rear window. Then, the steering column is peeled back and either a screwdriver or USB charging cable can be used to start the vehicle.

Below are some Kia and Hyundai vehicles that have been affected:
• 2011-2022 Accent
• 2011-2022 Elantra
• 2013-2017 Elantra GT
• 2013-2014 Elantra Coupe
• 2011-2012 Elantra Touring
• 2011-2014 Genesis Coupe
• 2018-2022 Kona
• 2020-2021 Palisade
• 2011-2012, 2019-2022 Santa Fe
• 2013-2018, 2019 Santa Fe; Santa Fe XL
• 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport
• 2011-2019 Sonata
• 2011-2022 Tucson
• 2012-2017, 2019-2021 Veloster
• 2011-2022 Sportage
• 2011-2020 Optima
• 2011-2022 Sorento
• 2011-2021 Forte
• 2020-2022 Soul
• 2012-2021 Sedona
• 2021-2022 Seltos
• 2021-2022 K5
Kia and Hyundai have issued anti-theft software upgrades to address the increase in thefts targeting these vehicles.

Kia and Hyundai will place two stickers on the vehicle when the security update is completed.

Residents are advised to visit the Kia and Hyundai websites listed below to obtain free anti-theft software upgrades and steering wheel locks offered by the vehicle manufacturers.
o Kia:
o Hyundai:
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