GM to roll back heated seat feature on newly sold vehicles in mid-2022

The automaker said it would cover the cost of retrofitting new vehicles made without the chips needed for heated and ventilated seats.



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GM said other features that were temporarily removed on some vehicles due to the chip crisis

General Motors Co. said on Friday that vehicles sold without heated and ventilated seats due to global semiconductor shortages will be eligible for retrofits activating those features in mid-2022.

1 US automaker said it would cover the cost of recalling new vehicles made without the chips needed for heated and ventilated seats. It expects the chips to be available for retrofit at the end of the second quarter of 2022, but the timeline could improve as chip supplies improve.

Global chip shortages over the past year have forced GM and other automakers to reduce vehicle production or in some cases build vehicles without certain features to conserve chip supplies. GM and others have focused on protecting production of their most profitable vehicles through reduction.

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GM expects the chips to be available for retrofit late in the second quarter of 2022, but the timeline could improve if chip supplies improve.

The action came a week after the Detroit company told US dealers it was temporarily removing heated and ventilated seat features on some models due to a lack of a chip.

In a memo obtained by Automotive News, GM told dealers that it would discount vehicles losing heated or ventilated seats by up to $500, instead of the $500 it originally stated. The memo states that the heated steering wheel cannot be retrofitted, so vehicles missing that feature will still be offered a $150 discount, Automotive News reported.

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GM said other features temporarily removed on some vehicles due to the chip crisis include climate control digital temperature displays, side blind zone alerts and Super Cruise driver-assistance technology.

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