General Motors Will Retrofit Heated Steering Wheels Next Year

General Motors will retrofit all models which have had heated steering wheels deleted as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage.

Back in November, General Motors announced that it was deleting several comfort features from models across its lineup due to the chip shortage, affecting over a two dozen nameplates, including the Buick Envision, Cadillac XT4, Cadillac XT6, GMC Acadia, GMC Sierra, Chevy Blazer, Chevy Equinox, and Chevy Silverado, among several others. For a more complete list of affected models, check out GM Authority’s coverage of affected Buick models, Cadillac models, GMC models, and Chevy models.

Features that were deleted include heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels. Customers who purchased an affected vehicle would receive a cash credit.

Then, later in November, it was reported that affected GM models without heated seats and ventilated seats would be eligible for a retrofit of these two features as early as the 2022 calendar year. GM said it would cover the cost of retrofitting these features, and that customers who purchased an affected model would still receive a $50 credit. However, at the time, it was unclear whether or not GM would retrofit affected models with heated steering wheels as well.

Now, per a recent report from Automotive News, it turns out that General Motors will in fact retrofit affected models with heated steering wheels. Similar to heated seats and ventilated seats, affected models will be eligible for heated steering wheel retrofitting as early as next year as soon as parts become available, with the current estimate set for Q3 of 2022. General Motors will cover the cost of the heated steering wheel retrofit process, and affected customers will receive a $25 credit per vehicle.

Additionally, General Motors is offering all affected customers one year of complimentary usage of its Remote Access Plan, which includes features like voice service, remote key fob, on-demand vehicle diagnostics, and vehicle location. The complimentary service is available to all affected customers, including those without heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steerings wheels, and customers can sign up for the service immediately.

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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