Hyundai and Kia to pay 0 million for car theft ‘Kia Challenge’

Hyundai and Kia to pay $200 million for car theft ‘Kia Challenge’

The videos went viral on TikTok and YouTube and led to car thefts across the country.

Videos going viral showing how car thieves are able to steal some Hyundai and Kia vehicles will end up costing these two automakers.

Hyundai and Kia have reached an agreement(opens in a new tab) for a $200 million settlement on the increase in car thefts of its vehicles. At the heart of the problem is a series of online videos that have been uploaded to TikTok and YouTube by a group known as the “Kia Boyz”. These videos showed viewers how to get into certain missing Hyundai and Kia models.(opens in a new tab) “push buttons and anti-theft locks. »

The videos debuted on social media in 2021, with 12-year-olds then taking part in the ‘Kia Challenge’, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.(opens in a new tab). Videos were quickly uploaded to TikTok and YouTube by teenagers using instructional videos, which explain that car theft can be done with just a USB cable. The videos were uploaded using hashtags such as #theKiaboys and #Kiaboyz.

Like the edge(opens in a new tab) he points out, there is no national count of the number of stolen Hyundai and Kia vehicles. However, NPR(opens in a new tab) It has a surprising amount of how the “Kia Challenge” has affected individual cities. Milwaukee police reported 469 Kias and 426 Hyundais were stolen in 2020. In 2021, that number of stolen vehicles increased to 3,557 Kias and 3,406 Hyundais.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this car theft caused(opens in a new tab) in 14 reported accidents and eight deaths.

About 9 million American Hyundai and Kia owners are covered by the settlement. Up to 145 million dollars will be used to compensate those whose cars were stolen. 8.3 million vehicles will receive a software update to fix the safety issue. For vehicles where software upgrades cannot be used, automakers will offer the owner up to $300 to purchase steering wheel locks or other anti-theft deterrents.