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Safety Alert for Hyundai and Kia Owners

If you own a 2011-2021 Kia or Hyundai, your vehicle may be at risk of being stolen. Any Hyundai or Kia vehicle that operates with a metal or steel key is impacted by a system flaw that thieves are targeting. Any Hyundai or Kia vehicle that is a push-to-start, is not at risk. To avoid becoming a victim of auto theft, the Metropolitan Police Department encourages you to consider the following safety tips:

  • Never leave your engine running or leave your vehicle unattended.
  • Lock your car and take your keys with you.
  • Park in a well-lit area or parking garage.
  • Remove USB cables from vehicles while not in use.
  • Consider purchasing a wheel lock or anti-theft device.
  • Contact your dealership for potential software updates or recall notices.


Software Update Now Available from Kia and Hyundai

Hyundai and Kia are now providing a free of charge software update to owners of affected models. Owners of these vehicles to contact Hyundai (toll-free at 800-633-5151), Kia (toll-free at 800-333-4542), or their local Hyundai/Kia dealership for information on the free update.

Free Steering Wheel Lock Program for Impacted Models

MPD has partnered with Kia and Hyundai to provide a limited number of FREE steering wheel locks to DC residents if they have a vehicle impacted by the TikTok challenge.

Residents who qualify for the steering wheel lock must have proof of the below:

  • A 2011-2021 Hyundai or Kia Vehicle
  • A steel key ignition (keyless entry/push-to-start vehicles are not impacted)
  • Proof of DC registration
  • A District ID

Residents with impacted Kia and Hyundai vehicles can pick up a steering wheel-lock by visiting any of the MPD district stations. As of May 5, 2023, wheel locks are available at all seven district stations:

  • First District: 101 M Street, SW
  • Second District: 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW 
  • Third District: 1620 V Street, NW
  • Fourth District: 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW 
  • Fifth District: 1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
  • Sixth District: 5002 Hayes Street, NE
  • Seventh District: 2455 Alabama Ave., SE 

The steering wheel-locks will be given to qualified residents on a first-come, first-served basis.