Hyundai owners can get free anti-theft upgrades at events this weekend

TACOMA, Wash. — According to the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force, 426 cars were stolen in Pierce County last month, and in King County, there were 1,069.

Together that’s about an average of 52 cars stolen every day in February, and many of these cars are Hyundais.

If you own or lease a Hyundai, there’s several free anti-theft events happening this weekend.

Seattle Area Anti-Theft Mobile Clinic - Hyundai (hyundaiantitheft.com)

Tacoma Dome

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (3/15)
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (3/16)
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday (3/17)

Factoria Mall - 4055 Factoria Blvd. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (3/16)
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday (3/17)

Doug’s Hyundai - 22130 Hwy 99, Edmonds, WA 98026

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (3/16)

Robert Larson Hyundai - 7601 S. Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (3/16)

Technicians check two things: if the car is eligible for the anti-theft software upgrade or if it will need an ignition protector installed.

Hyundais frin 2011 - 2022 with a turnkey start are eligible for the software upgrade. It takes about 30 minutes and no appointment is required.

If you’re not sure if your car needs the upgrade, you can go to https://hyundaiantitheft.com/, put in the VIN number, and it will tell you whether you have the anti-theft software or not.

On Friday morning, people showed up early to the anti-theft event happening at the Tacoma Dome.

“After hearing all the different news reports about the frequency of theft… I just didn’t want it to end in a chop shop somewhere,” said Gary Delp.

“Just within the last six months my car has been stolen twice, so just coming to protect what I rightfully own,” said Sanjanetta Lewis.

Lewis says she feels her privacy has been violated.

“I was upset, I own my car, so I worked hard for it, so you know I’m a hard worker,” said Lewis.

Hyundai says nearly 4 million vehicles are eligible for the software update.

“We have 830 dealerships across the country that are completing over 2,000 of these software upgrades every day,” said Dave VandeLinde, VP for Hyundai.

All Hyundai owners who visit the events over the weekend will be given a free steering wheel lock.