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Last summer, QCity Metro noted a nationwide trend that was driving up the car-theft rate in Charlotte.

Inspired by TikTok videos, people were using USB cables to hotwire Kias and Hyundais.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reported a double-digit spike in auto thefts, fueled in part by the so-called “Kia Challenge.”

Yesterday, Hyundai announced that it is offering free anti-theft software to thwart would-be thieves.

Why it matters: The software upgrade is available for eligible vehicles until June 2023, so check with your dealer. 

Also read: Police: Tik Tok videos are adding fuel to Charlotte’s car-theft problem

Jalon is a general assignment reporter for QCity Metro. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and an avid sports fan. (

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