The city of New York is increasing its warnings to Kia and Hyundai owners about a social media tendency that could make some cars more likely to be stolen.
Some people have referred to it as the Kia Challenge, and it takes advantage of a design flaw in some Kia and Hyundai vehicles that enables the ignition to be disregarded using a USB connection. Worse yet, the secret to stealing the vehicles is to remain undetected on social media, particularly on TikTok. The video clearly demonstrates to viewers how to open the steering column and start the vehicle without a key.
The NYPD has been using social media to post warnings about the pattern because it has spread so widely. More than 300 Kia and Hyundai vehicles have been stolen in the city so far this year, a nearly 500% rise from the same period last year.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell stated, "We're finding them abandoned." "Based on the recordings, we think teenagers are stealing them to use as a joyride. But we cannot dismiss the chance that they are being used to commit a crime. Of course, the offense is the stealing of them. However, we want to prevent a crime that could be even more dangerous down the line.
Safety From The Manufacturers
To stop the thefts, Kia and Hyundai retailers are providing free on-site software downloads. Devices that lock the steering column are another suggestion from the police. Approximately 4.5 million Kias and 3.8 million Hyundais are among the susceptible automobiles.
Both Korean automakers, which are owned by the same company, are becoming more well-known in the United States. Last year, they made up about 10% of all car sales in the United States. The makers assert that they are constantly keeping an eye on TikTok and YouTube for new how-to videos that need to be taken down.
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