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TikTok Challenge Spurs Rise In Thefts Of Kia, Hyundai Cars

At a glance

  • Thieves are targeting certain makes and models of 2010-2021 Kia and Hyundai vehicles that use a mechanical key, not a key fob and push-button to start the car.
  • The thieves are mainly young teens who use a USB cord to hot wire the car.
  • They post videos stealing and driving the cars on social media using the hashtag “Kia Boys” — which has more than 33 million views on TikTok.



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