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General Motors Removes Heated Seats and Steering Wheel from Most of its Vehicles due to Chip Shortage

General Motors vehicles will not be equipped with heated seats or steering wheel for 2022

  • This will allow the company to build more vehicles with the same chip supply

  • Almost every model built by GM will be affected

  • These features might be retrofitted by dealers once parts are available

The shortage of electronic chips and semiconductors is causing some manufacturers to remove certain equipment from their vehicles.

After BMW announced the removal of touch screens in some of its models, General Motors announced that the majority of its vehicles will not be equipped with heated or ventilated seats and heated steering wheels for the 2022 model year.

This decision will allow more vehicles to be built with the same limited amount of electronic chips.

Heated and ventilated seats will no longer be installed in new vehicles beginning November 15 and the heated steering wheel will be removed from the catalog beginning November 22.

Most models manufactured by General Motors will no longer offer heated seats. At Chevrolet, these are the Malibu, Trailblazer, Blazer, Equinox, Traverse, Colorado, Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD.

At GMC, the Canyon, Terrain, Acadia, Sierra 1500 and HD. At Buick, the Encore, Envision and Enclave.

Cadillac is not exempt from this measure either, since the XT4, XT5 and XT6 will not have heating elements in their seats.

Note that some high-end models will retain heated front seats, but not the rear ones.

2021 Buick Envision
Rear heated seats, 2021 Buick Envision

The models that will have their heated steering wheels removed are a little different. At Chevrolet, the Bolt and Bolt EUV as well as the Suburban and Tahoe will keep the heated seats but not the steering wheel.

At GMC, the Yukon and Yukon XL and at Cadillac, the CT4 and CT5 will also be able to offer heated seats but not a heated steering wheel.

GM says that this equipment could possibly be installed in vehicles that were not equipped with them when they left the factory by dealers when parts become available, but this is not a certainty.

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