USA: Kia & Hyundai car theft spikes due to a TikTok challenge
The police stated that Kia cars produced between 2011 and 2012 and Hyundai cars manufactured between 2015 and 2021 are the most vulnerable.
A viral ‘Challenge’ on social media has caused a spike in car thefts, specifically of Kia and Hyundai models across the USA.
The video called ‘Kia Challenge’, shows how a Kia or Hyundai car can be stolen by using just a USB cable and removing the cowl under the steering column. The spike in Kia and Hyundai car thefts has become particularly prevalent in the state of Milwaukee, where a group of youngsters (Kia Boys) has become notorious for stealing cars and going on joyrides.
Also, the police department of St. Petersburg, Florida stated that 23 of the 56 cars stolen since July 11 are either Kia or Hyundai models that are MY2021 and older. St. Paul, Minnesota is said to have reported a 1300% rise in thefts for Kia cars and an 854% rise for Hyundais compared to last year. Similarly, Michigan has also reported that Hyundai and Kia cars made up roughly 45% of car thefts in June 2022.
The police stated that Kia cars produced between 2011 and 2012 and Hyundai cars manufactured between 2015 and 2021 are the most vulnerable, as their ignition can be bypassed easily.
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