Kia, Hyundai sued after viral TikTok causes rise in thefts

A national class action lawsuit was filed against the automakers for a defect that the TikTok challenge exposed. The lawsuit alleges that Kias built between 2011 and 2021 and Hyundais built from 2015 to 2021 were “deliberately” built without “engine immobilizers” The complaint says that virtually every carmaker over the last 20 years has used it, and yet Kia and Hyundai did not. In St. Petersburg, Florida, over a third of all car thefts could be linked to the challenge, according to a CNBC report.

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