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GM will adapt chips for heated seats, can’t make heated steering wheels

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DETROIT – General motors It said on Friday that vehicles sold without heated and ventilated seats due to a global semiconductor shortage will be eligible, likely starting in mid-2022, for an update that activates those features.

He does not. 1 The US automaker said it will cover the cost of modernization new vehicles Built without the chips needed for heated and ventilated seats. The chips are expected to be available for upgrades by the end of the second quarter of 2022, but the schedule could improve if the supply of chips improves.

the global chip shortage during the last year he has been forced GM and other automakers to reduce vehicle production or, in some cases, build vehicles without certain features in a move to conserve chip supplies. GM and others have focused on protecting the production of their most profitable vehicles through shortages.

Friday’s action came a week after the Detroit company had told us dealers was temporarily removing the heated and ventilated seat features on certain models due to the chip shortage.

GM told dealers in a memo obtained by Automotive News which will discount vehicles lacking heated or ventilated seats by $ 50, instead of up to $ 500 as originally stated. Heated steering wheels cannot be retrofitted, according to the memo, so vehicles without that feature will receive a $ 150 discount, Automotive News reported.

GM said other features that had been temporarily phased out on certain vehicles due to the chip crisis but have since been reinstated include digital climate control temperature displays, side blind zone alert, and Super driver assistance technology. Cruise.

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