It was recently revealed that General Motors is removing heated seats from a variety of crossover and pickup models, with heated steering wheels and ventilated seats also on the chopping block. The new changes are due to the ongoing microchip shortage.
Per a recent report from Automotive News, the feature deletion will go into effect starting next week on November 15th. Meanwhile, some range-topping trim levels may continue to offer heated seats.
The feature reduction is said to affect over a dozen nameplates, including the Chevy Colorado, Chevy Blazer, Chevy Equinox, GMC Canyon, and GMC Terrain. The Chevy Silverado and Chevy Traverse are also affected, with the exception of High Country trim levels, as are GMC Sierra and GMC Acadia models, with the exception of Denali trim levels.
Affected vehicles may also delete ventilated seats and the heated steering wheel. The heated steering wheel feature will be eliminated from several of the same vehicles starting November 22nd.
The changes are expected to remain in place through the 2022 model year. Looking ahead, the inclusion of these features with affected models in the future hinges on the availability of microchip supplies.
Customers affected by these changes will receive some kind of credit compensation, which could range between $150 and $500. It’s also possible that some models may be retrofitted with heated and ventilated seats when parts are available again in the future.
General Motors also indicated that it will reinstate a few features previously eliminated due to the microchip shortage, including digital temperature displays for some pickup models.
Unfortunately for customers, the deletion of heated seats could prove to be a major issue, given the huge popularity of the feature. The deletion of heated seats is the latest General Motors casualty in the ongoing chip shortage, with the automaker forced to cut production from a variety of facilities around the world, although some production has been reinstated as supplies fluctuate. The latest indication is that the chip shortage may last into the 2023 calendar year.