Heated seats, steering wheel fell on several General Motors cars as chip shortages hit

No butt warmers stink at this time of year.


One of the most coveted features in new cars will be hard to find at General Motors. The carmaker confirmed with Roadshow on Monday that it will not offer heated and ventilated seats or heated steering wheel on a number of Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC vehicles due to persistent shortage of semiconductor chips. The changes affect 2022 model year vehicles. Automotive News first reported the changes last weekend. Although it seems like a minor inconvenience, heated seats, in particular, are one of the most popular options for new car buyers.

A GM spokesman confirmed the lack of heating elements for a number of vehicles and stressed that the change is “temporary” until the carmaker’s chip supplies are improved again. It is not clear if this means a model year, a few months or a while in between. At Chevrolet, heated and ventilated seats will not be available on the Malibu, Trailblazer, Blazer, Equinox, Travers, Colorado, Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD. However, the changes are not across all trim, so some vehicles may still offer seat heating in certain configurations.

At GMC is Canyon, Terrain, Acadia, Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD loses the butt warmers. Up at Buick’s Still GX, Envision and Enclave lose. Cadillac shoppers will not find warmth in seats on different XT4, XT5 and XT6 SUVs. Shoppers will see the changes on the vehicle’s Monroney label and find a credit on the MSRP for the malfunction.

As for the lack of heated steering wheel, they will not be found on many of the same vehicles, but also on cars such as. Chevy Bolt EV and EUV, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Cadillac CT4 and CT5. Again, this will depend on the trim, so be sure to check a specific car’s window sticker to see if the feature is missing. If these cars are without a heated steering wheel, an extra credit on MSRP will show up.

However, that is not all bad news with the chips. GM said its supplies have enabled it to resume normal production at almost all of its North American assembly plants. Pickup and SUV systems also run overtime. In addition, features such as side-blind zone alarm and Super Cruise are back on the selection menu after their temporary disappearance.

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