Four boys died after crashing with a stolen Kia shortly before. The theft made to participate in the “Kia Challenge” on TikTok
It happened just before 7 a.m. on Monday, October 24, in upstate New York.
Six guys they stole a car to make a social video, eventually crashing. Four boys, between 14 and 19 years old, died.
The incident for the video on TikTok
Is called “Kia Challenge” and is very popular with the guys on TikTok. Basically it’s a trend that shows how to wire and steal Kia models built in the last decade, using just a USB cable.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Division is aware of a recent social media trend regarding vehicle thefts. Please read the attached Community Alert for more information. pic.twitter.com/E5NfRcXVer
– LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) August 26, 2022
Tweet from the Los Angeles Police warning against Kia and Hyundai thefts
As reported by theIndependentthe Buffalo Police said that of the six people on board at the time of the crash, three died on the spot and a fourth died later in hospital.
The victims were boys and girls aged between 14 and 19. All the occupants of the car were thrown out following the impact and overturning on the motorway.
The “Kia Challenge” and the increase in thefts
Together with the other two peers, who were injured in the accident, the victims were probably participating in the “challenge” that on the popular TikTok platform it is called “Kia Challenge”.
The trend became popular in the US with the hashtag #KiaBoyz and has seen a huge increase in thefts of Kia and Hyundai vehicles.
In Portland, Oregon, Hyundai thefts increased 153% while Kia increased 269%police say.
“For these guys it’s a game, it’s a status symbol to see how many they can steal in a day, and they’re using these cars to commit a number of other crimes,” he told NBC4 Columbus Duane Mabry, commander of the Columbus department who saw a 40% increase in Kia and Hyundai thefts this year.
The lawsuits against Kia and Hyundai
“It’s a horrible morning for the families, their friends, our police officers, our investigators and firefighters,” said the Buffalo Police Commissioner, Joseph Gramaglia.
The 16-year-old who drove the non-life threatening Kia is in Buffalo Police custody and has been charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and fourth-degree criminal detention of stolen goods. He will have to go to court on November 15th.
Gramaglia called used cars for videos “very easy to steal,” and there are cities in every state ready to sue Kia for the ease with which these cars can be stolen.
A’class action lawsuit was filed in September in Orange County, California, with the request for monetary compensation and the withdrawal of all Kia cars built between 2011 and 2021 and of those Hyundai built from 2015 to 2021.