Hyundai, Kia settle suit by carnap victims

A TikTok challenge video encouraged carjacking of the South Korean brand cars.

South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia has announced a possible $200 million settlement with customers who lost their cars to carjackers after a TikTok challenge video showed how models of the two brands can be easily stolen.

Kia America chief legal officer John Yoon announced in a joint release Friday the deal that a judge will still have to approve.

Thefts of Kia and Hyundai cars in the United States spiked in the middle of last year after videos spread on TikTok showing how to easily steal some models, according to the companies.

Car thefts linked to the challenge have resulted in at least 14 crashes and eight deaths, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The two companies estimated about 9 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles currently on the road in the US are or were “susceptible to these social media-promoted thefts.”

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