Hyundai, Kia cars at risk of being stolen due to TikTok trend, Pennsylvania Attorney General says

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Hyundai and Kia cars made between 2015 and 2021 are at risk of being stolen due to a TikTok trend, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office said.

According to a news release, the trend encourages viewers to steal a Kia or Hyundai vehicle using a household item. The affected vehicles are missing software that would prevent them from starting without a key.

Hyundai and Kia are pushing out software updates to resolve the issue. Many affected vehicles should have the update by June 2023.

The release said drivers may need to bring their vehicle to a Hyundai or Kia dealership for the software update.

“Social media has opened so many doors and opportunities for information-sharing,” said Attorney General Michelle Henry. “Unfortunately, not all of those opportunities serve a positive purpose, so consumers should be aware of trends that leave them vulnerable to crime. I am thankful that Hyundai and Kia are already releasing the software corrections for these vehicles and for their partnership with local law enforcement to give consumers free steering wheel locks.”

Anyone with concerns should contact Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or Kia at 800-333-4542.

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