IA And Hyundai Are Served With Legal Suits Due To Thefts Because Of TikTok

KIA and Hyundai have been served with a suit in a class by three individuals who claim that their vehicles were taken away as a result of the popular Kia Challenge on Tiktok, that entices mostly teenagers to steal cars from the brands, and has led to an increase in thefts. The victims claim that:

“The firms blatantly put their profits more than the security and safety of their clients and, consequently, the vehicles they target for theft, and they do not install essential anti-theft equipment that is cheap, but which that all other vehicles have. This is just the latest of a series of lawsuits against corporations relating to theft of vehicles. .”

A class-action lawsuit been filed against Kia and Hyundai in Orange County on the basis of “Security Failures.” The lawsuit asserts that the company in Orange County “failed to install technology to thwart car thieves” following an online TikTok video revealed a security flaw which, according to the suit, led to a surge of thefts. Kia has its headquarters at Irvine while Hyundai is headquartered on California in the United States out of Fountain Valley.

“Kia Challenge.” The “Kia Challenge” began to appear on TikTok and later on YouTube in July. Police in a variety of cities have revealed significant statistics on car theft. For instance, in St. Petersburg, Florida more than a third of all car thefts may be linked to the contest, according to a CNBC report. In Chicago the number was seven percent, which represents an increase of 767% in Kia or Hyundai thefts, as per an advisory to the community issued by The Chicago Police Department that linked the thefts to the TikTok challenge. Victims are also making videos using Tiktok after being robbed from these challengers.

 

The lower-end Kia as well as Hyundai models produced between 2010 to 2020 have been targeted for theft over the years due to the fact that they don’t have electronic immobilizers that prevent the engine from running with no key in the ignition. Most other cars are equipped with immobilizers. Based on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) which is the insurance research company, 62 percent of automobile models included immobilizers as far in 2000, and as of 2015, they were found in 96 percent of vehicles from other manufacturers. However, Kia and Hyundai included them in just 26 % of the models they made.

The lawsuit states:

“With the huge increase in the media coverage of the problem and the heightened public awareness, it’s unlikely that thefts will end without active intervention from Kia and Hyundai. A whole criminal community has been created, aggravated by the thefts and further fuelled through TikToks and videos and memes that promote criminal act .”

The plaintiffs contend that a large number of these thefts were documented in video and then published online , which could make finding them easier however, the repairs are usually costly. TikTok must first penetrate the car and this means breaking windows and tearing off the steering column and the collateral damage to joyride vehicles which could be more than $10,000, according to the lawsuit. The suit claims that the issue has resulted in problems with the supply chain the parts required to fix any vehicle that has been recovered are being delayed because of the huge demand for the parts.

 

Hyundai spokesperson Ira Gabriel has given a statement saying that

“Hyundai is not commenting on litigation pending, but it is concerned over the recent increase in car thefts of specific Hyundai motor vehicle. Hyundai cars are compliant with or surpass Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. From October 1st, Hyundai will make a security kit developed by Firstech/Compustar that is available to purchase from Hyundai and Campustar dealer .”

Kia spokeswoman James Bell told in a statement:

“While cars cannot be made safe from theft Criminals are looking for cars that are only equipped with steel keys and a turn-to-start ignition system. vehicles with key fobs are less likely to be stolen. Kia is cooperating together with the local police department to hand out wheel locks to the affected customers. .”

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