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Thursday, 17 June 2021 20:33

Milwaukee City Council Members Blame Car Companies for Spike in Stolen Cars

Written by Benjamin Yount, The Center Square
A public transit streetcar at the Milwaukee's Public Market. A public transit streetcar at the Milwaukee's Public Market. Stellamc/Shutterstock.com

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...the reckless behavior of those driving these stolen vehicles,” Coggs said.

 

Both Kia and Hyundai released statements saying they are looking into the rash of thefts.

 

"Kia is aware of the rise in vehicle thefts in some Kia vehicles in Milwaukee. We are concluding our investigation into the issue," James Bell, the head of U.S. public relations for Kia, said in a statement. "All Kia vehicles for sale in the U.S. meet or exceed all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards."

 

Hyundai’s Michael Stewart said pretty much the same thing.

 

"Hyundai Motor America is aware of a recent rise in thefts of some Hyundai vehicles in Milwaukee," Stewart said in his statement. "We are close to finalizing our investigation and will continue to work with local law enforcement on how to best address the issue."

 

Coggs said the companies need to do more than just "investigate."

 

“As the manufacturers of these vehicles they owe it to their customers to fix the problems that help make these brands of vehicles easier to steal,” she said.

 

We thank The Center Square for reprint permission.

 

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