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Report: Chip Shortage to Swipe Heated Seats From Many New GM Vehicles

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Just in time for colder winter months, GM will reportedly stop offering heated seats on many of its vehicles due to an ongoing microchip shortage. Automotive News reported the development, saying the automaker would stop offering the popular option on many SUVs and all but the top trim levels of its full-size pickup trucks as soon as Nov. 15.

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Ventilated seats and heated steering wheels would also get cut, the trade publication reported, though a few “previously eliminated” features — such as digital temperature displays in select pickup trucks — would come back. GM expects the change to remain in place throughout the 2022 model year, with buyers getting a $150 to $500 credit to compensate, according to Automotive News.

Beginning the week of Nov. 15-22, models built without heated seats and heated steering wheels include the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks, and the Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs, the newspaper reported. Most versions of the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, will also skip the feature, though Automotive News says higher trims would have it. (It wasn’t immediately clear if this applies to the light-duty Silverado and Sierra 1500s or the heavy-duty 2500s and 3500s, though the widespread nature of the outage likely affects the whole group.)

It isn’t the first time the chip shortage has affected specific features, not just entire vehicles. Back in June, GM built certain full-size SUVs and pickups without automatic stop-start, a feature designed to save fuel while idling. Automotive News says the automaker is looking at whether it can add heated and ventilated seats or heated steering wheels for owners down the road once parts become available.

GM’s U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. Asked to confirm the report, two GM spokespeople did not immediately respond to Cars.com.

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