Hundreds get anti-theft software installed at free Hyundai clinic in St. Louis County

Hundreds of cars pulled up to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Jennings location for a free Hyundai clinic.
Published: Sep. 9, 2023 at 10:57 PM CDT
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JENNINGS, Mo. (KMOV) - On Saturday, hundreds of cars pulled up to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Jennings location for a free Hyundai clinic.

Hyundai is in the Metro installing immobilizers into cars, which is an anti-theft software to prevent them from being easily stolen in the future.

The St. Louis County Police Department said in 2022, 795 Hyundai vehicles were stolen. So far this year, there have been 422 Hyundai vehicles stolen in St. Louis County.

In St. Louis City, SLMPD said in 2022, 2,043 Hyundai vehicles were stolen. So far this year, SLMPD said there have been 1,081 Hyundai vehicles stolen.

For Artisha Rideout, driving a Hyundai has been life-changing, but she said not in a good way.

“Oh my God, it’s stressful because you’re just trying to live life,” Rideout said. “Life’s already hard.”

Instead of grocery shopping in St. Louis County, she drives all the way out to St. Charles because Rideout feels it’ll be safer for her car.

“It’s depressing,” Rideout said. “I have to drive so far out to where I don’t think anybody is going to steal the car.”

If you aren’t able to make it to the clinic, Nathan Edmonds with Hyundai said there are still ways to get the anti-theft software in your car.

“All of our dealers can still perform the update,” Edmonds said. “It’s free of charge. Most dealers are accepting walk-ins.”

Installing the anti-theft software into the cars only takes about 15 minutes.

Brian Zaricor drove an hour from his house in Jefferson County, saying he would rather be safe than sorry.

“Which is going to be more of a pain paying the $20 or however much in gas to make the drive up here versus car going lost and you have to figure out drives to get to work or wherever you need to get to,” Zaricor said.

Rideout said her car was already stolen once, and when she got it back, the cost for the repairs was hundreds of dollars.

Hyundai installing the anti-theft tech into her car is giving her a new lease on life.

“God, that means I can live life again,” Rideout said.

If you drive a Hyundai with a push-to-start, your car already has the anti-theft software.

If you need to put a key into the ignition to start the car, then it depends on your make, model and year.

Affected Models:

  • 2018-2022 Accent
  • 2020-2021 Palisade
  • 2011-2022 Tucson
  • 2011-2022 Elantra
  • 2013-2022 Santa Fe
  • 2012-2017 & 2019-2021 Veloster
  • 2013-2020 Elantra GT
  • 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport
  • 2020-2021 Venue
  • 2013-2014 Genesis Coupe
  • 2019 Santa Fe XL
  • 2018-2022 Kona
  • 2011-2019 Sonata

You can find out if you need the software here.

There will be another clinic on Sunday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. with no appointment needed.