The dog days of summer are upon us, and some vehicle owners will soon get a break from the heat in the form of retrofitted ventilated seats — a feature that GM pulled from select models as a result of the microchip shortage. Parts for the missing feature are currently arriving at dealerships, and the installation process for impacted vehicles will begin the week of Aug. 1, according to GM spokesperson Megan Soule. Meanwhile, the lack of heated seats was likely the more significant concern when the automaker first announced the changes in November; those, too, will be available following retrofit installation.
According to Automotive News, the following GM vehicles were built without heated and ventilated seats: Chevrolet Blazer, Colorado, Equinox, Malibu, Trailblazer, Traverse and Silverado (except High Country); GMC Acadia, Canyon, Sierra (except Denali) and Terrain; Buick Enclave, Encore GX and Envision; and Cadillac XT4, XT5 and XT6. The automaker confirmed all affected models will be eligible for the retrofit at no extra cost for owners.