General Motors has resolved the issues that led to heated seats (RPO code KA1) being unavailable to order on the 2022 Chevy Traverse, GM Authority has learned.
On November 15th, 2021, GM Authority reported the heated seats in certain 2022 model-year GM vehicles would have limited availability. This included the 2022 Chevy Traverse, with GM dropping heated seats from the LT, RS and Premier trim levels.
We can now confirm the 2022 Chevy Traverse has resolved the chip shortage-related issue that led to heated seats being unavailable on the 2022 Chevy Traverse. Going forward, heated seats will be optional on the LT Cloth trim, standard on the LT Leather, RS and Premier. For clarity, the heated seats were never removed from the range-topping High Country trim. This trim level will continue to offer standard heated seats going forward.
GM has been dropping certain electronic features from its vehicles amid the semiconductor chip shortage, allowing it to cut back on the number of chips it uses per-vehicle whilst also keeping its production plants operational. This is viewed by GM as being preferential to building the vehicles with these features included but having to intermittently shut its production lines down once it runs out of chips.
Other Chevy vehicles that had their heated seat availability limited by the chip shortage last November include the Chevy Blazer, Camaro, Colorado, Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD and Trailblazer. As we reported last week, Chevy has also resolved the chip shortage-related problems that led to the feature being dropped from the ever-important Chevy Silverado nameplate.