Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry has alleged a surge in Hyundai and Kia thefts in the state may be due to a TikTok challenge.
Henry claims the challenge, which involves taking photos inside the vehicles, has “catalyzed a dramatic increase” in car thefts.
The challenge, dubbed the “Hyundai and Kia Challenge,” involves taking photos inside the vehicles. It appears to have become popular in Pennsylvania in recent months, Henry said.
The challenge has reportedly prompted an upsurge in thefts of the two brands, Henry added. She said there have been 11 reported thefts in Pennsylvania in the past two months, up from the average of two to three per month.
Henry said the challenge has become so popular that some participants are breaking into cars to gain access to the vehicles’ interiors. She said the challenge is potentially dangerous and has cost victims thousands of dollars in losses.
“This challenge is not only foolish, it is dangerous and illegal,” Henry said. “We are warning people to stay away from this challenge as it could land you in serious trouble.”
Henry urged people to take the challenge seriously and to report any suspicious activity. She also warned that anyone caught participating in the challenge could face criminal charges.
“We will not hesitate to prosecute those who are caught participating in the ‘Hyundai and Kia Challenge,'” Henry said. “This kind of behavior is unacceptable and must be stopped.”