Warning for Kia and Hyundai vehicles that use a key to start!

Olde Hornet

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Nationwide rise in Kia and Hyundai car thefts due to TikTok challenge teaching USB cable hot-wiring​

A recent TikTok challenge informing viewers on how to steal Kia vehicles with a USB cable has caused a rise in car thefts across several cities in the United States.

Many of the car thefts are believed to have been a part of a TikTok trend called the "Kia challenge," where users are challenged to steal the vehicles by smashing the windows and using a USB cable or phone charger to start the car.

Many of the stolen vehicles have been older Kia and Hyundai models. The group of mostly teenagers who call themselves “Kia Boyz" on the social video platform are targeting the vehicles due to the ease of starting the cars. The challenge videos on TikTok show mostly younger users taking the vehicles for joyrides and crashing or abandoning them.

Police departments in several cities across the United States have been reporting an increasing number of Kia and Hyundai car thefts that they believe are connected to the TikTok challenge.

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Olde Hornet

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Hyundai models made in 2015 or newer, like the 2017 Elantra are being targeted for auto theft. Kia models built in 2011 or newer are also some of the most common vehicles being stolen.

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