The shortage of microchips affects all automakers, but unevenly across the industry. General Motors (GM) is one of those particularly affected, which is why this week the company told its dealers that Chevrolet and GMC are temporarily phasing out heated seat and steering wheel functions on most of their models. 2022.
According to Automotive News, GM sent a letter to dealers explaining the situation. The information reported by the site does not include a complete list of affected vehicles. However, we know that more than a dozen models will not offer these options. The Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox are on the list, as are the GMC Canyon and Terrain, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, with the exception of high-end trims like GMC’s Denali.
It is not known at this time which Buick or Cadillac models will be affected, but these brands will not be spared. A GM spokesperson confirmed to Motor1 that the chip shortage will cause some Buick and Cadillac models to lose heated seats and heated steering wheel features.
And don’t think that they will be installed afterwards. The heated steering wheel and seat units will simply not be installed in the 2022 models affected by the measure. Where it is normally included as standard, buyers will get credit.
Concretely, the company manages the number of chips it receives from suppliers and allocates them where the priorities are. The chip responsible for the operation of a heated steering wheel will be removed before the one that manages a safety device for example.
The fact that GM is announcing that it will be for full production of certain 2022 models gives us some idea of how long it will take to restore the supply chain to the industry. Several analysts have already predicted that it will be until 2023 for the shortages to disappear, and this is indeed what appears to be happening across the industry, although things are expected to go downhill. ‘improve in the coming months.