Minnesota AG Gets Tough on Car Thefts…By Investigating Car Manufacturers, Jon Justice in the Morning, 3.8.23
Jon Justice sent me his “bat signal” early Wednesday morning, asking me to call in to discuss the news that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison was having his office launch an investigation into Kia and Hyundai regarding their failure to include certain anti-theft technology in older models, as a response to the significant increase in thefts of these cars in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
You can listen to our discussion here.
As I indicated on air, I question Mr. Ellison’s rationale for this investigation. Those owners who have experienced a theft already have legal recourse through the courts, and the two car manufacturers have already provided a fix, thus making it unlikely that the investigation is needed to force action on their part.
As I suggested on the show, this investigation seems to be Keith Ellison’s way of deflecting his own role in the increase in car thefts in the Twin Cities, stemming from his series of prosecutions of law enforcement officers which has caused them not to pursue these crimes (and thus embolden criminals even further).
Or, as I put it more succinctly in my early morning tweet:
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