Milwaukee alders call on Hyundai to offer free security kits

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Two Milwaukee Common Council members are calling on Hyundai to offer its new security kits for free. 

Over the weekend, Hyundai announced the security kits will cost car owners $170, but that does not include installation, which could cost up to $500.

Alders Milele Coggs and Khalif Rainey say it's not fair for car owners to pay for the safety feature. Their aldermanic districts have been heavily impacted by car thefts involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

“We find it insulting and punitive to ask Hyundai owners to pay for a security kit that should not be needed in the first place,” Alderwoman Coggs and Alderman Rainey said. “Hyundai and KIA both should be providing kits and installing them free of charge, just as other normal vehicle ‘recalls’ are handled by other automakers. Additionally, this work should be expedited as quickly as possible to help remedy the threat of theft that already exists and which is being exacerbated by videos on social media,” they said.

Kia has been giving drivers free steering wheel locks. 

Coggs and Rainey are asking Hyundai to consider something similar. 

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