Many General Motors SUVs and trucks, including the 2022 Chevy Silverado did away with heated-and-cooled seats because of the ongoing microchip shortage.
So, has any progress had been made in production as it relates to some of the items that had originally been temporarily eliminated from the production process? In case you don’t remember all the items that were removed, we’re talking about:
Kyle Suba Chevrolet Silverado Communications Lead, confirmed heated-and-cooled seats are going to make a return to the 2022 Chevy Silverado soon.
“I can confirm that the options mentioned above have been temporarily removed from certain trim levels of the LD Silverado. Heated-and-Ventilated Seats are targeted to go back in production the week of February 21,” Suba said.
GM had to make a tough choice when it came to shortages: Either cut down on overall vehicle production or continue without these popular features. Since the automaker opted to cut the features, Suba said that GM was working on a retrofit process for those who are buying an impacted vehicle but still want the features.
“While some trims have been impacted by the temporary shortage of semiconductors, GM has approved a retrofit process that is expected to begin in late Q2 when chips become available,” Suba said.
GM will compensate affected customers with a credit ranging from $150-$500.
Additionally, GM has begun including previously eliminated features impacted by the chip shortage. We’re talking about things like digital temperature displays, blind spot monitors and Super Cruise.
According to a survey by AutoPacific, heated seats are the No. 1 most-demanded feature for car consumers. I mean, who doesn’t love a warmed-up seat during the dead of winter?
Other GM vehicles that have been impacted by the shortage are the Chevy Colorado, Blazer, Equinox and Traverse as well as the GMC Canyon, Terrain and Acadia. It’s not known if heated-and-cooled seats will return for those vehicles.
But at least for now, those who buy a 2022 Silverado will have warm butts again.
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