A New York couple is blaming a harmful TikTok problem for his or her wheel coming off their Jeep whereas they had been driving within the metropolis.
“My household might have been killed due to a silly TikTok problem,” Joe Casaliggi, a retired fire marshal living on Staten Island, instructed SI Stay.
The “Lug Nut Problem” is a rising development on TikTok the place customers of the app movie themselves eradicating or loosening the nuts on vehicles. Incidents of the problem have been reported in California, North Dakota and Massachusetts, in response to SI Stay.
Michele Casaliggi was driving dwelling with the couple’s two sons after a fundraiser stroll for breast most cancers when the motive force’s-side rear wheel got here off the car. They had been about 50 yards from the doorway of a freeway.
“I used to be getting on the service highway and abruptly it felt like a tire had blown out,’’ she stated. “I did my finest to tug over to the best lane safely as a result of there was no shoulder.”
“My spouse and children had been so near the freeway, had they gotten on, the tire might have come off at these excessive speeds,” Joe Casaliggi added.
The household didn’t discover something completely different concerning the 2014 Jeep Wrangler after they returned to the automotive after the most cancers stroll.
“We noticed police patrolling the lot [during] the most cancers stroll,’’ she stated. “We felt secure.”
Joe Casaliggi later discovered that 4 lug nuts had been lacking and a fifth bolt was reduce off.
“Lug nuts don’t shake themselves free and fall off all on the identical time with out warning,” he stated. “It appeared that somebody eliminated 4 of the 5 lug nuts and the final one held on for some time and at last broke off.”
The couple stated household pals tipped them off to the incident maybe being a part of the damaging development on TikTok, explaining that they had by no means heard of the “Lug Nut Problem” earlier than.
“I’m grateful that nobody was harm, however dad and mom and other people want to concentrate on this — it’s insane,” Joe Casaliggi stated.
“Somebody might get significantly harm or killed,” Michele Casaliggi stated.
Joe Casaliggi additionally went to the police to report the incident, however was instructed it was solely thought of theft of property because of the 4 lacking lug nuts, not reckless endangerment.
District Lawyer Michael E. McMahon tweeted about it on Wednesday, calling it “actually dumb” habits for folks to take part in such a problem.
“Grateful the Casaliggi household was not harm on this incident, and that we now have not obtained widespread reviews of the ‘lug nut problem’ throughout the Island. That is actually dumb, harmful, and imply habits,” McMahon tweeted.
Different TikTok challenges have additionally cropped up in current months which have left folks injured.
One teenager in Louisiana might resist 10 years behind bars after she allegedly punched her 64-year-old disabled trainer, sending the girl to the hospital. Officers suspect the assault might have been a part of the “slap a trainer” problem, a part of a viral TikTok development known as “devious licks.”