Audible Car Alarms in 2014 - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Kia Forte: Audible Car Alarms in 2014

May 2, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

We've all had the pleasure of hearing an audible car alarm blaring in a parking garage or on a nearby street when you're trying to enjoy a nice meal or just go about your business. The loud sounds are usually accidentally triggered and any potential theft is completely ignored by everyone.

According to legend (or Popular Mechanics) the car alarm was invented by an unknown automobile mechanic serving a stint in a Denver jail back in 1913, more than 100 years ago.

Most cars today have alarms built in with newer technology like passive immobilizer, a system that makes it virtually impossible to steal a vehicle without the key, sometimes standard or an additional add-on feature like GPS vehicle tracking.

I signed out our 2014 Kia Forte recently and had two car alarm experiences. The first was Friday morning when I was parking in the garage and was greeted by a nearby car's alarm and its owner looking very much annoyed. It was yet another false alarm that tests everyone's hearing and patience at the same time. Little did I know that I would be swapping places with that car owner soon.

I was at the car wash getting the 2014 Kia Forte all cleaned-up for the week ahead and was put in that same position. The alarm was triggered during the drying phase of the wash and woke up the crowd when Kia's standard alarm was accidentally triggered by the hard-working car washer.

I think it's time to end the audible car alarm and replace it with newer silent immobilizer technology that doesn't add to noise pollution and actually helps prevent car theft.

What do you think?

David Landsness, Director of Video @ 16,022 miles


  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    Well, glad to see the Forte is still in service after a month of silence. i was hoping it hadn't gone the way of the mysterious Dart. Car alarms are useless, as demonstrated by the high number of cars that are stolen every day.

  • Good god yes, David -- audible car alarms do infinitely more harm than good, and should be abolished post-haste. On the scale of things that need to be consigned to a particularly vicious circle of hell, I would place them just under leaf blowers, and just above fart-can exhausts.

  • zman24_ zman24_ Posts:

    Not all vehicles are broken into for the sake of their being stolen. Often the news reports a rash of smash and grab incidents, usually at night in a residential setting, where the thief rifles the glove box, console, etc. Perhaps an alternate solution is to have a switch whereby the owner could activate a sound alarm when the vehicle is parked in such a setting, otherwise the alarm defaults to a silent immobilizer.

  • ruckusrider ruckusrider Posts:

    The best option is a silent immobilizer and an audible/vibrating(user preference) alarm on the owners smartphone.

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    Most vehicles that are stolen even these days aren't stolen for the purpose of being driven; the objective is to get them in position so they can be towed to a chop shop to be cut up for parts. So the alarm here is for two purposes: sound when someone tries to get in to get valuables out and to sound when someone tries to get in to do something to make the vehicle easier to tow. An immobilizer won't help in either case. But a blaring horn at least makes someone trying to do either nervous by possibly attracting attention. I've found that if nothing else people are curious as to who was stupid enough to set the thing off. You do have give H-K credit for using a moped-like horn for the alarm so at least it doesn't bother people well out of sight range of the horn unlike using the regular horn. On the minus side, it makes it much harder to use the answer-back to find your car in a noisy lot.

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