A few days ago, we reported General Motors (GM) ‘s announcement that several of its models would ship without a heated steering wheel or heated seat functionality in 2022 due to the continuing shortage of microchips.
GM either clarified its announcement or changed the tone – take your pick – last Friday, explaining that vehicles sold without the features will be able to receive an upgrade to activate the heated seat feature, likely from mid-2022. .
The U.S. giant said it would cover the cost of upgrading new vehicles built without the necessary chips for heated and ventilated seats. He expects the missing parts to be available for an upgrade by the end of Q2 2022. Of course, if the chip shortage starts to resolve, that timeline could be brought forward.
For dealers, this is great news, because convincing buyers to shell out $ 40,000 or $ 50,000 for a vehicle and explain that they would never take advantage of heated seats is a difficult argument to make.
As for the heated steering wheel, there is nothing we can do about it, explains the company.
As a reminder, due to the global shortage of electronic chips, several manufacturers have been forced to reduce their production of models or, in some cases, to deliver units without certain features.
GM said other features that have been temporarily removed from some vehicles due to the crisis, but have since been reinstalled, include the digital temperature display, blind spot warning and the system. Super Cruise driver assistance.