A TikTok challenge that went viral has resulted in a rise in auto thefts across the globe.
TikTok’s “Kia Challenge”, which recently went viral, shows users starting-up their Kias and Hyundais with only a USB cable.
The trend started by a user who uploaded a video of himself turning on his car with a USB cable. Viewers, wanting to test the theory out for themselves, began partaking in the challenge and sharing their videos to TikTok.
With only a USB cable, thieves are able to essentially “hot wire” certain Kias and Hyundais and gain full access to the vehicles. As a result, an increase in Hyundais and Kias are reported being stolen across the globe.
Investigators say it’s a design flaw with the Southern Korean made vehicles. Kias made after 2011 and Hyundais newer than 2015 are most susceptible.