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There is a huge variety of content on the TikTok: from dances and choreography to hit songs to questionable food and beauty tips. Not everything, however, is fun or simply banal and harmless. Recently, a viral video showing how to use a USB cable to make a direct link in some models developed by the South Koreans Let it be Hyundai caused robberies to skyrocket USA. Chicago police, for example, said robberies were up 767% in the city because of the TikTok viral. In Los Angeles, models from both companies are among the most coveted by criminals.
Now, the two automakers are being sued by victims, disgusted with the problem. A joint lawsuit has been filed in Orange County, Calif., which claims that Kia vehicles produced between 2011 and 2021 and Hyundai models made between 2015 and 2021 with traditional keys, and without the more modern, keyless system, did not include a ” engine immobilizer”, a simple and apparently cheap and common device that could prevent theft. The suit says the companies knew the risk and preferred to cut costs, putting vehicle safety at risk. No automaker wanted to comment, according to Tech Crunch.
The police’s work will be facilitated because many of the robberies are not carried out by “professionals”, but by young people who post the results of their actions on the platform itself. They even got a nickname: Kia Boys. The problem is that the costs to repair damage are high. Before you can hot-wire, you have to break a window or break down a door, and the repair can cost more than $10,000. In some cities, parts are missing to make the repair.
Hyundai said it will start selling and installing protection kits at US dealerships. Several police departments across the country also shared safety tips, such as installing steering wheel locks.
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