TikTok challenges are nothing new, and while many of these challenges are harmless, there are others that lead to trouble. One of the latest TikTok videos that’s trending shows users how to steal cars, and unfortunately, Kia and Hyundai are seeing the brunt of it. If you own a Kia, talk to someone at your Kia dealership for tips to help you prevent your car from being stolen.
The Viral Video
TikTok users are using the hashtag “Kia Boyz” to post videos teaching people how to start a Kia and Hyundai vehicles without a key. The videos show them how to use just the tip of a phone charger or a USB cable, and it’s wreaking havoc across the country. The challenge started in Milwaukee, where Kia Boyz filmed the original video, but it didn’t take long for the challenge to spread.
Many cities are seeing theft increase by over 700%. Once viewers see how to start the cars, it doesn’t take long to get in and drive away.
Why Kia and Hyundai?
The video targets Kia and Hyundai models that used a key instead of a push-button start, but models from 2015 to 2022 can be vulnerable. The thieves know they can break a back window without setting off the alarm, and once they are in, it takes under two minutes to get the car started. Part of the reason Kia and Hyundai models have been targeted is that some models don’t have an engine immobilizer. This makes it easier for thieves to drive away once they get the car started.
How to Prevent It
The best way to prevent your Kia or Hyundai from being stolen is to get something that will keep it immobilized if thieves are able to get in. A steering wheel lock is one tool, but you can also get an immobilizer.
The good news is Kia and Hyundai are working hard to respond to the thefts. If you own a vulnerable Kia, you can talk to your Kia dealership about getting a Firstech or Compustar security kit. This kit targets the method the thieves are using to get into the vehicle. The majority of Kia models now have key bog and push button start, which makes them more difficult to steel. And, according to Kia, all Kia models made for 2022 and beyond will come with an engine immobilizer.
Local Kia dealerships are working with law enforcement by providing them with steering wheel lock devices for free. Law enforcement then provides them to citizens who need them at no cost.
What Should Kia and Hyundai Owners Do?
While there is no foolproof way to prevent car theft, Kia and Hyundai owners should take extra precautions. Parking your car in a secure location is a good start, but adding a steering wheel lock may help prevent theft if a thief manages to get inside the secure location. You can find out more about the video and how it affects you as a Kia owner by talking to someone at your local Kia dealership.
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