Kia and Hyundai TikTok Challenge Class Action Lawsuit

What you need to know about the Kia and Hyundai Class Action.

Was your car stolen? It may be your car’s fault! Following the recent TikTok popularization of Kia and Hyundai USB-based thefts, MLG Attorneys at Law has taken action.

In August 2022, LAPD issued an alert saying a TikTok trend may be behind an increase in thefts of Kia and Huyndai vehicles – with viral videos exposing a weakness in the cars’ ignitions that can make them easier to steal. The cars specifically at risk did not have an ignition immobilizer.

Immobilizers prevent thefts or any foreign key from starting an engine. This is achieved by disabling the engine management system. Several electronic components work together to keep the car immobilized when not in use. 2011-2021 Kia vehicles and 2015-2021 Hyundai vehicles equipped with standard key ignitions and that lack an immobilizer are most at risk. To find out if your vehicle has an immobilizer, you can check your vehicle’s manual.

To view our September press release on PRNewswire, click here. To watch KTLA news coverage, click here. To view the filed complaint click here.

To view our letter to the California Governor, click here. To read the October press release regarding our letter to Newsom, click here.

Facts about the case:

  • Vehicle theft rose 767% in Chicago.
  • St. Paul Minnesota reported a 1300% increase in stolen Kia’s and 584% increase in stolen Hyundai’s.
  • 346% increase in theft of both brands
    in Charlotte, N.C..
  • Police in St. Petersburg said more than
    40% of car thefts have been Kia/Hyundai.

If you believe you have an automotive settlement, class action lawsuit or defect case against Kia or Hyundai, please contact MLG Attorneys at Law in California for your automotive legal needs.

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