Most people with heated seats in their cars enjoy the luxury of a warm car seat, but in some vehicles, the seats are overheating and have the potential to cause severe burns. In some models and makes of vehicles, the seat can reach a temperature of 140° Fahrenheit. Surprisingly, there are few industrial standards in place to prevent an overheated seat, as writes,

“With no government or industry-wide standards, manufacturers have installed a variety of seat heater systems – some that reach temperatures significantly above human tolerances or have no automatic shut-off mechanism – or both. While most drivers know when to turn a hot seat off, occupants with lower body sensory deficits don’t feel the burn. The medical literature has been documenting serious and permanent burn injuries from car seat heaters to occupants with paralysis or diabetes since 2003. Disabled motorists have been complaining about the problem to NHTSA since, at least, 2002. The industry’s response has been to bury a warning in the owner’s manual. NHTSA’s approach to seat heater defects has been: no flames, no problem. These are preventable injuries – and it’s time government and industry began preventing them.”

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