Kia and Hyundai caught in new US car theft scandal
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In the US city of St. Louis, the number of Kia and Hyundai car thefts increased by 1450% in 2022 . The police are linking this to a viral TikTok video.
In the US, the largest insurance companies refuse their services to owners of Hyundai and Kia cars. This is due to the sharp increase in the number of thefts. This is reported by the site CarBuzz.
Major insurance companies have refused to issue new policies for many models of Kia and Hyundai in St. Louis, Missouri. This is due to an increase in the theft of these cars due to viral TikTok videos detailing how many cars are hacked.
In St. Louis, Kia and Hyundai car thefts increased by 1450% in 2022. Last year, 3958 cars of these brands were stolen.
The videos, which have gained huge popularity on TikTok, show how to steal a Kia or Hyundai car using a screwdriver and a USB charging cable. The police are investigating the videos in detail.
The hacking method can be used on some models of Kia and Hyundai vehicles because the manufacturers did not install engine immobilizers and electric anti-theft devices on their models. Most likely, the manufacturer will have to recall the Veloster, Sportage and Soul models.