DETROIT - A new viral TikTok trend has led to widespread thefts for Kia and Hyundai vehicles, and it can be done all without a key. It appears that all you would need is a USB cable to short the ignition, and drive away.
The video shows two masked men run through the simple process by removing the ignition housing, and shorting the wires with power from the USB port, which starts the vehicle. It only appears to work on specific models that do not have a push to start, but the older-style turning of a key.
So far in July, just in Detroit, over 150 Kias and Hyundais were stolen. August thefts have reported 30 so far, and doesn’t seem to be slowing. Local dealerships have been inundated with service customers related to this theft. Both manufacturers are working on a security kit to aid in putting an end to the thefts. Until then, owners will need to patiently wait and keep any eye on their vehicle, even if they have the key.