GM recently announced the removal of heated seats and steering wheel from most of its models
Dealers will be able to install missing chips in customer vehicles
Heated steering wheels will have to wait for longer
General Motors announced a few weeks ago that the majority of its vehicles would be stripped of their heated seats and steering wheel due to the shortage of electronic chips.
This news came as a shock to many potential buyers, as these features have become essential for many, which is supported by a study from AutoPacifc, a product planning firm, which shows that heated seats are the favorite feature of car owners.
This is especially troublesome for General Motors since no other manufacturer has removed this option from its catalog.
The shortage has forced BMW to remove touch screens from its vehicles, Nissan to remove its navigation system and Stellantis to lay off 300 employees who built automatic transmissions, but none of them have removed their customers’ favorite feature.
To remedy this situation and try to retain buyers who are tempted to go elsewhere, GM says its dealers will be able to install the components needed to make heated and ventilated seats work in vehicles that were built without the option.
The parts should be available in the first half of 2022, which means that those who buy a Chevrolet, GMC, Buick or Cadillac in the next few months will at least be able to keep warm next winter.
However, it should be noted that heated steering wheels are not affected by this measure, which means that owners may have to wait a long time before warming their hands in their vehicle.