Buyers' bottoms are going to get chilly.
Certain sacrifices have to be made in times of crisis. General Motors has confirmed its decision to eliminate heated and ventilated seats from several vehicles in its lineup because of the ongoing semiconductor chip crisis.
According to Automotive News, popular models like the Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox, Colorado, and GMC Canyon and Terrain will also lose this feature. Even the full-size Silverado and Traverse, and Sierra and Acadia will no longer have this installed with the exception of the expensive High Country and Denali. Even heated steering wheels will be dropped from these models beginning November 22. Unfortunately, these changes are expected to last through most of the 2022 model year. Like before when other features were dropped, such as start/stop, also due to a lack of chips, buyers will be financially compensated.
In this latest case, they'll receive credits of $150 to $500. "Every effort was made to protect as much as possible," a GM spokesman said. "That's why only certain trims are impacted."
Heated seats and steering wheels are extremely popular with buyers and it remains to be seen whether or not their elimination will impact sales. The loss of start/stop didn't seem to anger people, but this situation is different, especially as winter is nearly here. GM is fully aware of this and aside from the financial compensation, it's looking at other possibilities to fix things in the future. "Our teams are exploring ways to potentially retrofit vehicles with some of these features once parts become available. We will provide additional updates when available," the spokesman added.
Aside from the models listed above, the following will also lack heated seats for foreseeable future: Chevrolet Malibu and Trailblazer, Buick Encore GX, Envision, and Enclave (rear heat only), Cadillac XT4, XT5 and XT6 (the latter two rear heat only).
A heated steering wheel will not find its way to lower trims for these models: Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, Blazer, Traverse, Trailblazer, Silverado 1500/2500/3500, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Acadia, Sierra 1500/2500/3500, Yukon and Yukon XL, Buick GX, Envision, Enclave, Cadillac CT, CT5, XT4, XT5, and XT6.
The good news is that GM has resumed regular production schedules at a majority of its North American facilities.