What is Lug Nut Challenge? Internet warns car owners about dangerous TikTok trend

'Check your tires frequently. Sick individuals are everywhere,' one tweet said about TikTok's Lug Nut Challenge, targetting unsuspecting car owners


                            What is Lug Nut Challenge? Internet warns car owners about dangerous TikTok trend
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The Internet is full of playful challenges to keep boredom at a distance, but not every trend is worth a try. One such dangerous trend is the 'Lug Nut Challenge', which has taken over TikTok. Just like the ‘Devious Lick’ challenge and ‘Slap A Teacher’ Challenge, this one is also a nonsensical dare, which is not remotely connected to any fun or enjoyment.

Though many TikTok creators have dived into the latest social media trend and given it a try, there is another set of people requesting TikTokers to not join in this madness. Several Twitter users have also alerted people against it.

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What is Lug Nut Challenge?

The 'Lug Nut Challenge' is the new trend on TikTok that encourages people to loosen the lug nuts of a car and then capture the consequences. But there is one condition — the car shouldn’t belong to the person carrying out the challenge, but rather a random person who doesn't know his car has been tampered with.  

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It is not known who came up with this prank-based challenge but it is a dangerous one. In case you were wondering, loosening the lug nuts causes the tires to fall off or get separated from the car. So, if someone is driving a car without knowing that the lug nuts have been loosened or removed, they’re most likely going to be in an accident.

22 News spoke with Interstate Towing in Chicopee about the challenge. The operations manager Stephen Gonneville said: “This is not a joke; people can get seriously hurt or die. If a tire comes off and you're driving at a highway speed, bad things could happen. Somebody could hit a tree. Someone could hit a telephone pole, become maimed or fatally injured, and it wouldn't be good.”

Besides, being dangerous and life-threatening, the act that has been encouraged in the 'Lug Nut Challenge' is also illegal in several states. People doing this trend can face jail or have to pay the owner for damages to the car. In the worst case scenario, it can also lead to criminal charges, like attempt to murder or a serious injuries lawsuit.

Several people on Twitter have slammed the challenge as a user tweeted, “Lug nut challenge? If Covid doesn’t kill us, social media will.” The second one wrote, “This TikTok thing has served no useful purpose…” The third user said, “Please please please share across. This is very dangerous and life-threatening. One of our campaign members almost had an accident today. Check your tires frequently. Sick individuals are everywhere.”

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A tweet read, “Watched two suicides. Kids are doing the #DEVIOUSLICK at these schools and assaulting staff. And the #blackoutchallenge is getting them to hang themselves. It’s terrible. They don’t get it. The new lug nut challenge, they take off lug nuts or loosen them from random cars. ‘malaikat maut’ challenge where they jump in front of moving cars.” “I’m just now finding out about the “tiktok ‘lug nut’ challenge” and YALL NEED TO STOP THIS SHIT! Someone could seriously get injured or die from that! Find better things to do that don’t involve putting someone’s life at risk,” a person warned. Another one noted: “Just When You Thought TikTok Couldn’t Get Worse, the Lug Nut Challenge Appears.”

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