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September 27, 2013 car chat Washington Post

Secretary LaHood’s claim to fame

Good morning Warren and Friends

Any of you who read this chat know that whenever you ask about what I would require on a car it would be a back-up camera with sensors. The camera is great, but the sensors alert you that something/someone is behind you that you didn’t see. I really believe the sensors are just as important and both should be standard on all large vehicles. To me, they are more important than a new infotainment system but people don’t buy safety, which is why it has to be mandated.

Congress ordered the camera mandated by 2011, but the administration has repeatedly delayed and has now postponed the rule until 2015. This could have been Secretary LaHood’s claim to fame, but he postponed it again and again. According to, “By DOT’s own estimates, it’s delay past the statutory deadline has so far allowed between 237 and 280 preventable deaths – almost half of which have befallen young children.” Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV)

Therefore I have asked all car manufacturers to list all the cars that have cameras and/or sensors as standard on their vehicles.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.