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California Exhaust Noise Regulations Are Ridiculous

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California Exhaust Noise Regulations Are Ridiculous
California Exhaust Noise Regulations Are Ridiculous

If you live in California and are a gearhead, we’re sorry. Also, you probably already know about how the state has been enforcing its regulation of no cars on public roads emitting exhaust noises over 95 dB as a way to combat noise pollution. Some people really love this law because they believe all vehicles should be whisper quiet. However, many performance cars right out of the factory struggle to meet this standard, including one man’s Hyundai Elantra N.

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This guy, who has posted about his ordeal on Reddit, was pulled over by a police officer for violating the regulation recently. In the dashcam footage he uploaded to YouTube, you can hear the Hyundai’s exhaust but in our opinion it isn’t overly loud. Still, it triggered the device in the officer’s car, so the man had to have his brand-new vehicle with a factory exhaust system and zero modifications inspected.

Image via Hyundai
Image via Hyundai

While the Elantra N passed the state smog test no problem, it failed the exhaust test. Instead of staying at or below the 95 dB standard, it read a maximum 102 dB and an average of 98 dB. Take a moment to process this: California’s laws are so strict that you can buy a car right off a dealer’s lot and get cited for it being too loud, even though you changed nothing about it.