Kia and Hyundai motorists, beware!
A new social media challenge referred to as “Kia Boyz” reveals how USB charging cords can start out up autos that don’t have drive-commence buttons. Films posted by accounts on social media platforms exhibit folks breaking off the beneath dash panels of car or truck wheels and then use USB cords to start off the automobiles and choose off.
In a online video posted on Youtube, a man who claimed to have employed the method recommended, “if you have a Hyundai or a Kia, you are in no way supposed to depart a plug-in piece like this.”
The spread of “Kia Boyz” tutorial films has prompted an enhance in motor car theft in some components of the country. Authorities say this is specially correct for Kias and Hyundais. In elements of the Midwest, wherever the craze reportedly started, thefts have developed in excess.
According to a Facebook post from the Hilliard Division of Law enforcement in Ohio, the section has investigated 15 stolen automobiles because May possibly. 9 of the vehicles in issue were possibly Kias or Hyundais.
WCMH, the Columbus, Ohio, area NBC affiliate, reported the issue is primarily prevalent in that spot.
“For these young children, it’s a video game and it’s a standing symbol to see how numerous they can steal in a working day, and then they are making use of these cars to dedicate a sequence of other crimes,” Commander Duane Mabry with the Columbus Division of Law enforcement informed WCMH in April. “What they are performing is peeling the column and utilizing a USB — or whatsoever they can find nearby — to turn the ignition and then steal the automobile.”
A statement issued to NBC Information by a Kia spokesperson on Monday explained that the business is mindful of the increase in motor vehicle thefts.
“All 2022 products and trims have an immobilizer used both at the beginning of the 12 months or as a jogging transform. All Kia motor vehicles for sale in the U.S. satisfy or exceed Federal Motor Car or truck Security Benchmarks,” the statement reads.
The manufacturer encouraged Kia consumers to get hold of the Client Assistance Center at 1-800-333-4542 with queries with regards to their Kia car or truck.
A statement issued to NBC Information by a spokesperson for TikTok said that the social media system “does not condone this habits which categorically violates our guidelines and will be eliminated if discovered on our system.”
In the Hilliard Division of Police’s Fb submit, the office encouraged drivers to use theft avoidance resources like a steering wheel lock, parking in a garage anytime feasible, holding doors locked at all moments, getting rid of valuables from cars, and activating alarm devices.
Cristian Santana contributed.