GM revives the heated seats it lost to chip shortages, but they’re not warm yet
Vehicles will be built with the hardware, but dealers will activate them later next year when chips are available
General Motors will offer heated seats on most of its 2022 vehicles, after initially dropping that feature due to microchip shortages. However, your chairs might not warm up right away; instead, dealers will retrofit the necessary chips when they’re available.
That’s according to the Detroit Free Press, citing an announcement to GM’s dealers. The retrofitted chips will also activate ventilated seats, if the vehicle’s equipped with them, but heated steering wheels won’t be part of the deal.
General Motors originally said it wouldn’t put heated seats into all of its 2022 vehicles. Instead, it would save those chips for its most profitable models. However, heated seats are among the most popular options for all vehicles, and the newspaper said that putting them into a larger number of offerings could keep those customers from bypassing GM’s showrooms in favour of automakers who have the feature.
The vehicles will be sold with the heated and ventilated hardware already installed. When the extra chips become available, which is expected to be early next summer, customers will be able to visit a dealer and have the necessary chips installed to activate the feature, at no charge.
Previously, GM had also built vehicles without cylinder deactivation, Super Cruise driving assist, or blind-spot monitoring due to the shortages.