The Kia Challenge, a social media trend that involves stealing cars using a basic USB cable and an instructional video, has led to a significant increase in car thefts across the United States.
Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay $200 million to compensate their customers in America who fell victim to the TikTok Car theft Challenge. This payment aims to settle the class action lawsuit filed against both companies for their failure to assemble electronic immobilizers that can withstand infiltration through a simple cable and certain commands, thereby overriding the ignition system effortlessly.
The settlement applies to approximately 9 million vehicles manufactured between 2015 and 2019 that lack push-button ignition systems and effective anti-immobilizers. Individuals who incurred out-of-pocket losses due to stolen vehicles will be eligible for reimbursement.
This recent initiative by Hyundai and Kia demonstrates their commitment to prioritizing customer security and satisfaction, setting them apart from other companies that solely focus on maximizing profits.
It is important to be aware of the potential risks of social media trends and to take necessary precautions to protect personal property, including installing effective anti-theft devices on vehicles.