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Carmakers Swapping Cigarette Lighters For USB Ports

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Cigarette lighter jacks in cars may soon go the way of whitewalls and cassette decks.

Korean automaker Hyundai plans to phase-out including cigarette lighter power jacks in their cars.  They’re replacing those round jacks with USB ports. Is it too soon? Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia says consumers will provide the ultimate answer.

“Certainly the first is somebody that’s going to be watched. And if it is successful and I’m sure they feel it is to do that and it plays in the marketplace I’m sure you’ll see this being adopted by other manufacturers around the world.”

But drivers who are still powering their laptops and GPS units through their cigarette jacks may want carmakers to put the brakes on the idea.

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