Following the viral Kia Challenge on TikTok, which challenges largely teenagers to steal cars from these manufacturers and has led to a pointy rise in thefts, a category motion lawsuit has been launched in opposition to Kia and Hyundai, in accordance with a report in Techcrunch. People who declare their automobiles had been stolen because of this viral Kia Challenge have filed a lawsuit.
Car homeowners and police companies across the nation are on excessive alert after a hazardous problem involving younger children to take particular automobiles off the road utilizing a USB wire started to flow into on TikTok and different social media platforms.
Certain varieties and fashions of Kia and Hyundai automobiles from 2010 to 2021 that require mechanical keys relatively than key fobs and push buttons to begin the automobile are being focused by thieves, stories TechCrunch.
According to the lawsuit, Kia and Hyundai beforehand appeared into the efficacy of constructing with engine immobilisers and determined in opposition to it, “blatantly valuing profits over the safety and security of their customers”.
It claimed that after a TikTok “Kia Challenge,” which made public a way for stealing particular makes and fashions of Kia and Hyundai cars, the automakers did not even attempt to warn clients of the potential for theft.
“With the massive rise in publicity of the defect, it is unlikely that the thefts will stop without active intervention by Kia or Hyundai,” reads the lawsuit. “An entire criminal ecosystem has materialized; exacerbated by thefts only further fueled by TikTok, videos, and memes promoting the criminal behavior.”
According to a CNBC report, the movies of the automobiles stealing and driving on social media utilizing the hashtag “Kia Boys” have greater than 33 million views on TikTok.