According to authorities, thieves are targeting vehicles that use a mechanical key, not a push-button or key fob to start the car. The thieves - who are mostly young teens - then use a USB cord to hot wire the car.
"While all of our vehicles meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, unfortunately, our vehicles have been targeted in a coordinated effort on social media. Criminals are targeting our vehicles without engine immobilizers. Immobilizers became standard on all vehicles produced after Nov. 1, 2021," Gabriel said.
To help Hyundai owners whose vehicles do not have an immobilizer, "Hyundai has been working with and will continue to support local police departments to make steering wheel locks available for affected Hyundai owners," Gabriel continued. The company is also working with a Compustar "security kit that targets the method of entry thieves are using to access these vehicles." The security kit will be available for purchase and installation beginning Oct. 1.
- Install a steering wheel locking device
- Install a battery disconnect switch
- Install a kill switch (requires professional installation)
- Install an aftermarket car alarm (requires professional installation)
- Lock all windows and doors
- Park in a well-lit area
- Park in a secured location (i.e., garage, parking structure, etc.)
- Install GPS device
FOX News contributed to this report.