Kick Boyz Challenge gets a tail for Kia and Hyundai

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Kick Boyz Challenge gets a tail for Kia and Hyundai

This was to be expected in the land of ‘Sue you, sue me’

Last summer, a TikTok video suddenly became very popular. That in itself is not surprising, but this video showed how you could steal certain Kias and Hyundais with a smartphone and a USB cable. It finally took until the beginning of this year before the Korean car manufacturers (part of the same group) came up with a definitive solution. Still, the story gets an annoying legal tail for Kia and Hyundai.

Kia failed to install anti-theft solution

A number of American cities, including Cleveland, San Diego, Milwaukee and Seattle, have decided to shut down the car manufacturers to take to court. This week, St. Louis joined in as well. The cities blame Kia and Hyundai for failing to provide millions of cars – which were part of the fleets of the cities in question – with a proper anti-theft system.

Although it is not legally required to equip a car with an anti-theft system as standard, almost all cars are already equipped with at least an immobilizer as standard. You cannot start the car without the original key. So the Kick Boys Challenge showed how you could easily bypass that system in ‘older’ Kias and Hyundais.

The cities that are now suing the car manufacturers claim that Kia and Hyundai have defaulted. As one of the arguments, they argue that in 2015 already 96 percent of all American cars were equipped with a properly functioning immobilizer. At Hyundai and Kia, this was only the case in 26 percent of the vehicles.

Kia: claim unfounded

Both Kia and Hyundai argue that the claim made by the American cities is unfounded. All of their vehicles comply with local anti-theft rules and regulations.

In addition, the manufacturers state that they are willing to investigate, together with the government and the judiciary, what role social media played in this case, referring to the Kick Boys Challenge on TikTok.

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