PO Box 2754
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27515
October 18, 2014
Mr. Jim Guest
President and CEO
101 Truman Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10703
Dear Mr. Guest,
I am writing to ask Consumer Reports to challenge automakers for installing keyless entry systems tied to car honking. Consumer Reports is uniquely qualified to address this important noise pollution issue.
The motor vehicle code in all 50 states restricts the use of car horns to averting an emergency. Clearly, verifying that a car is locked is not an “emergency.” Therefore, automobile manufacturers are blatantly violating the law in all 50 states.
Car honking tied to keyless entry systems is illogical. It’s the same as a burglar alarm blasting at full volume every time someone locks their house. It simply makes no sense.
This unnecessary and aggravating noise is rampant. Car honking tied to lock confirmation is heard constantly in parking lots, residential neighborhoods, and motels. Indeed, some individuals even seem proud of the very loud noise they are making.
This unnecessary noise is very harmful. It startles pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists. It causes interpersonal conflicts. It causes headaches, which can last the rest of the day.
Noise Free America is asking Consumer Reports to use its influence to persuade auto manufacturers to abandon the installation of keyless entry systems tied to car horns. A number of auto manufacturers have already made this change.
Eliminating car honking tied to keyless entry systems would improve public safety and reduce unnecessary noise. Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Ted Rueter, Ph.D.
Founder and Director
Noise Free America