A dangerous TikTok challenge is making cars less safe in the Ohio Valley

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

WHEELING, W.Va.- (WTRF) It’s a challenge that’s circulating on the social media app TikTok.

TikTok is the fastest growing social media app and although it might be fun and games for millions of people using the app most of the time, this time, it could turn out to be downright dangerous.

It’s called the Lug Nut Challenge and people using the app are being challenged to loosen the lug nuts on vehicles and already here in the Ohio Valley one automotive company says they are the latest victim.

“We did some research and found out there is a TikTok Challenge out there with lug nuts where people are actually loosening the lug nuts on the vehicles and putting the driver in a very dangerous situation.” 

Kevin Cook, General Manager Straub Automotive Group

According to Kevin Cook, who is the general manager at Straub Automotive Group, a lot attendant found that the lug nuts were loosened on four mustangs at Straub’s Moundsville location. 

The attendant told the sales manager who then told Cook. 

“Once I was contacted we did some more investigation and thought we should put some procedures in place to ensure that safety of our customers.” 

Kevin Cook, General Manager Straub Automotive Group

“We are also ensuring upon delivery of the vehicle that we double check those lug nuts. Every service customer who comes in we make sure those lug nuts are tight as well and just for piece of mind for the Ohio Valley. Anyone, who has any concerns about their vehicle as well, feel free to stop by any of the Straub six locations. We will be more than happy to check them for you at no charge.” 

Kevin Cook, General Manager Straub Automotive Group

Cook says once the policies and procedures at Straub were put in place he knew what he needed to do next. 

“We also made some other phone calls to other dealers to ensure their customers would be safe as well.” 

Kevin Cook, General Manager Straub Automotive Group

To his disbelief, Cook says two Straub customers even called the dealership after discovering their lug nuts were loosened at their home.  

While social media has a phenomenal place, not only in our marketing, but in our daily lives. It’s really, really sad when someone takes a challenge like this and puts our customers and our family in a dangerous situation. Really, really do hate that our society has got to that point.” 

Kevin Cook, General Manager Straub Automotive Group

According to Cook, he has also contacted the local authorities and the West Virginia Automobile Dealers Association to help ensure customer safety across the board. 

“This is a very, very serious situation. It could not only cause a loss of property, but also cause a loss of life. We hope that those in the TikTok industry will figure out some way to put this to an end.” 

Kevin Cook, General Manager Straub Automotive Group

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