DUBAI - NOVEMBER 26: New cars presentation at yearly automotive-show "MECONTI" event. November 26, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Credit: Rus S/ From July 11 to July 27, 23 of the 56 stolen vehicles in St. Petersburgh, Fla. were either a Kia or Hyundai, according to the St. Petersburgh Police Department, which noted these two makes accounted for 41% of stolen cars during that period. (Credit: Rus S/

Perhaps the spirit of Neal Cassady, that Beat hero, runs though today’s younger generations as stealing automobiles is the latest craze taking TikTok, YouTube and other social media sites, according to police departments across the nation, which are reporting thefts of Kia and Hyundai cars are spiking.

More specifically, Kia models newer than 2011 and Hyundai cars newer than 2015 are being targeted as a design flaw, particularly the lack of engine immobilizers, allows them to be started and operated without a key, according to a report from “USA Today.”

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