Hyundai and Kia cars are stolen with a USB cable in a TikTok challenge

Hyundai and Kia cars are stolen with a USB cable in a TikTok challenge

A dangerous challenge has spread on TikTok in the United States and led to a huge increase in car thefts from car models. Kia and gives Hyundai. In the video titled “The Kia Challenge“, criminals teach how to use USB cables to steal cars.

Called the “Kia Boys”, the criminals have been operating in several American cities. In the city of Milwaukee, 60% of all vehicles stolen in 2021 were of both brands – a 2,500% increase from 2020. In the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, since July 11, 56 cars have been stolen, and 23 of them. being Hyundai and Kia models.

Anyone with a Kia/Hyundai that uses a key, please lock it properly“, say the authorities, who further claim that Kia models produced from 2011 to 2012 and Hyundai from 2015 to 2021 are at risk.

The videos show the thieves in action. They raise the column cover behind the steering wheel and, with the help of the cable, manage to make a connection in a special circuit to start the car and escape. Most criminals are between the ages of 14 and 17 on average and commit crimes as part of a challenge.

At the end of July, the police in St. Petersburg, Florida, saw a similar increase and issued a warning to owners of vehicles of both brands.

Beware of KIA and Hyundai car theft! The police noticed an unusual trend. As of July 11, 23 of the 56 vehicles stolen are 2021 and earlier Kia/Hyundai models that use keyless entry. Anyone with a KIA/Hyundai that uses a key, **please** lock up“, the tweet reads. Similar notices were posted by officials in Texas and Ohio.

According to Automotive News, the affected vehicles reportedly do not have an electronic ignition switch, which allows a cable to be connected to a certain point and started without the need for a key. The list includes Kia vehicles from the 2011 model year and Hyundai vehicles from the 2015 model year. Once stolen, the vehicles are used for vandalism and cracking.

Source: Automotive News, carbuzz


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