Front Seat Heater/cooler Problems in popular cars

Front Seat Heater/cooler problem is a common vehicle problem that happens to most car brands and models. The following is a sample list of Front Seat Heater/cooler problems reported in most popular vehicles.

car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Chevrolet Malibu

The vehicle involved was a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. After having repairs made at the dealership for drivers seat heater not working. The driver seat heater element was replaced, I had driven approximately 20 miles when the seat started smoking and caught fire. By the time I got the car stopped and pulled to the side of the road the inside of the car was filled with smoke and the drivers seat was completely on fire. With the help of another motorist I was able to get out of the car. I received severe burns to my right leg and hands. By the time the fire department arrived the car was a total loss. It was Thursday, March 13, 2014 when this front seat heater/cooler issue happened.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Chevrolet Impala

The vehicle involved is a 2005 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 2G1WH55K75_. Driver seat heater stopped working. Heat on driver side blows cool air and passenger side blows warm. Rough shifting of speed between 20-30 mph since first month of purchase. This problem occurred on Thu., Dec. 1, 2011.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Chrysler Sebring

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1C3EL65R14_. The reporting person owns a 2004 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the driver's seat electrical heating system failed and burned through the material. The manufacturer's engineer inspected the vehicle and concluded that the failure was not caused by a manufacturer defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 97,000. It was Wed., Jan. 1, 2014 when this front seat heater/cooler issue occurred.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Chrysler Sebring

The vehicle was a 2007 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that the driver's side seat warmer overheated and caused hole to burn through the seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 65,000. It was Wednesday, October 17, 2012 when this front seat heater/cooler issue occurred.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Dodge Ram 2500

The vehicle is a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500. VIN of the vehicle was 3B7KF23652_. This diesel truck was started in order to let it warm up. Owner went into a building to retrieve a pair of gloves and returned 5 min later to find the vehicle on fire. Smoke was pouring out of the front cowl at the base of the windshield. Entry to the vehicle was attempted in order to put the fire out however the locking mechanism kept the doors shut so entry could not be attained. The truck was on fire and it had locked the doors. The drivers side window had to be busted out with a fire extinguisher in order to gain entry. Once the fire was extinguished the probelm area was evident. The entire heater blower area was melted. This issue happened on Feb. 12, 2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Dodge Dakota

The vehicle involved was a 2005 Dodge Dakota. Driver's seat heater shorted/overheated to cause burning and charring of the seats materials, including a coat I was wearing. This issue happened on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Ford Explorer

Consumer has a 2011 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the passenger heated seat was activated and it burn a hole through the seat on two occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 28,261. Updated 01/07/lj updated 1/22/2014. It was 11/06/2012 when this front seat heater/cooler issue occurred.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Ford F-150

The vehicle involved is a 2010 Ford F-150. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FTFW1EV7A_. The driver's side seat heater quit working after my wife complained about it "getting so hot it was literally burning her legs". I took apart the seat today to replace the heating pad because I had read about this being a common problem. To my surprise my wife was not exaggerating. There were burn marks on the foam insulation around a connecting piece of the bottom seat heater. My truck is out of warranty, otherwise I probably would've just dropped it off at the dealer and never witnessed this myself. The failure date was May. 1, 2013.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of GMC Sierra

The car involved was a 2005 GMC Sierra. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1GTEK19B55_. The driver seat heater randomly turns on by itself. It randomly switches from the seat to the back of the seat to both at the same time, in no particular order. When I turn it off it just comes right back on again. I had the module in the door replaced one time, but it still does it. I live in the south, so it's extremely unbearable during the summer months. I will go for weeks at a time when it doesn't do it, but then it just seems to start again. There really does not seem to be anything in particular that triggers it. I thought maybe it was getting wet when it rains, but since I live in the south we have high humidity 95% of the time, so we have moisture problems here all the time. I can go for weeks that it doesn't happen, then it just starts up again. I have searched the problem on google and found that other people complain about the same problem with this particular model, but I can not find a safety recall issued by GMC. This problem occurred on 01/15/2011.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of GMC Envoy

The car involved is a 2003 GMC Envoy. Drove to work Saturday night 12/07/2013 parked car at 7:30 pm went in to work . Came out to my car at 10:00pm for break to see my car smoking the passengers heated seat turned it's self on at some point and was on fire burning the seat and my cooler that was sitting on the seat was on fire and smoke filled the car was making it hard to breath the smoke was thick and smelled toxic. Me and my fellow employees dumped snow on and under the seat from as far,away as we could till the smoke calmed down. To get the fire out. I am so grateful I was not driving or there was no person sitting on the seat at the time could of caused me to wreck myself or others. On my drive home could not use the heat due to the fumes being to strong with the windows up and heat on had to drive with no heat and windows down 40 minutes with the temps in the teens. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on Sat., Dec. 7, 2013.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Acura MDX

The car involved was a 2005 Acura Mdx. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 2HNYD18985_. It was a cold night in January and I was using the seat heater. My wife was with me. We smelled smoke as my driver's seat got very warm. We never saw flames, but there was smoke. We immediately pulled over and turned the seat off. It left a hole about the size of dime in my leather seats. I have contacted Acura corporate to no avail. My car is out of warranty and they refuse to admit any issue. Based on their assessment, I should have allowed the car to go up in flames, which would have happen had I not shut off the heater. This issue happened on Jan. 22, 2012.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Acura MDX

The vehicle was a 2004 Acura Mdx. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Acura Mdx is 2HNYD18814_. Backrest portion of driver seat heats to an extremely high & unbearable to touch(even with multiple layers on in winter) temperature when seat heater turned on high setting. The heater has caused a hot enough temperature to burn through the seat. There is a gumstick size burn in the portion of the seat where it gets the hottest(coincides anatomically with driver's middle to upper right sight of back). The heater burned through the external leather covering which is now black from the burn. Also the leather is hardened around that area from the high temperature and feels like burned, hard plastic. This front seat heater/cooler issue occurred Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Honda Pilot

The car involved was a 2004 Honda Pilot. The VIN of this vehicle was 2HKYF18544_. Extreme hot spot in driver's side front seat when the seat heater is turned on for more that 3 minutes. The failure date was Saturday, February 15, 2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Honda Pilot

The car is a 2005 Honda Pilot. Seat heater was used on drivers side. . Got very hot, smell smoked, leg had superficial burn. Smell plastic burning. This issue happened on 02/21/2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Hyundai XG350

The vehicle involved was a 2004 Hyundai Xg350. The VIN of the car is KMHFU45E34_. Have a 2004 Xg350l vehicle, strange odor when heated seat buttons engaged, also, terrible radio static occurs when rear window defrost/heat button engaged. The failure date was Sun., Dec. 10, 2006.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Hyundai XG350

The vehicle is a 2004 Hyundai Xg350. The electric seat heaters do not work. While the car was under warrenty the dealership relpaced a fuse as a fix. One week later they had to replace the heating pad in the seat. (removing the seat). Later, while the car wsa still under warrenty, they replaced a fuse. After the car passed 60,000 miles, (off warrenty), both seats heaters did not work. I was told the fix would cost me $600. 00. . . . The failure date was Jan. 19, 2008.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Infiniti G35

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JNKCV51F16_. 2006 Infiniti G35 coupe was driven 10 miles and parked. Driver returned 7 minutes later to find interior of car on fire. Nyc fire department responded and found the fire had extinguished itself. Air bags were deployed and interior of car was burnt. Fireman suggested that fire may have been caused by a defective seat heater. The failure date was November 21, 2007.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Infiniti M35

The car involved was a 2008 Infiniti M35. Defect in the seat heaters - Infiniti refuses to correct problem, states it's normal, although when the car was bought, the noise wasn't present. In sitting in other cars, same model, same year, this noise isn't present. This problem occurred on Thursday, January 15, 2009.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Jeep Grand Cherokee

The VIN of this vehicle was 1C4RJFCG7E_. Consumer owns a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the heated seat would activate independently and would also overheat. The contact also mentioned that whenever the accelerator pedal was depressed, a burning odor was emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120. This issue happened on Nov. 13, 2013.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Jeep Grand Cherokee

The vehicle involved was a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1J8GW68J33_. Vehicle was not included in Chrysler recall number j14 for front seat electric heater elements that could over heat. Both Chrysler and Jeep dealer were notified of excessive heat generated by vehicle seat heater and declined to make fix or repair without charge. Specifically, they told me they would fix it and charge me for the repay, but were not going to accept responsibility for the problem. Seat did eventually overheat to a point the heater no longer worked. Owner set forth to repair seat and during seat teardown observed evidence of seat fire. Multiple pictures and melted wires were collected and preserved. These items will be provided to NHTSA upon request. It is amazing death/injury did not occur due to this known defect that Chrysler refused to address. All Chrysler vehicles with similar heater design should be inspect and repaired without charge to vehicle owner. In addition, Chrysler should be made to provide compensation to those that had repairs done at their cost. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on Monday, September 1, 2008.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Kia Motor Soul

The vehicle involved is a 2014 Kia Motor Soul. The VIN of the car is KNDJP3A54E_. The contact rented a 2014 kia Soul. The contact stated that the passenger's side heated seat caught on fire and burned two holes through the seat. The contact informed the rental agency of the fire. The contact did not call the vehicle manufacturer. The vehicle was removed from the fleet. The failure mileage was 18. Updated 1/29/cn. . Updated 02-04-14. This issue happened on 12/27/12.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Land Rover Discovery Ii

The vehicle involved was a 2000 Land Rover Discovery Ii. The VIN of this vehicle was SALTY1240Y_. During a cold winter day in January, I turned on my heated seats which burned through the seats leather cover and burned me causing me to nearly lose control of my vehicle. It was Saturday, January 10, 2004 when this front seat heater/cooler issue occurred.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Land Rover Discovery Ii

The car was a 2000 Land Rover Discovery Ii. While driving to work, my seat heater in my leather seat burned through the leather resulting in burn damage to my clothing and my skin on my left leg. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on 12/04/06.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Lexus RX300

The VIN of this vehicle is JT6HF10UXX_. The heated seat in my Lexus Rx300 has become so hot that it has burnt the leather and it has also burnt my left leg. You can turn the heater off but it takes a while for it to cool down. It was Wed., Feb. 2, 2005 when this front seat heater/cooler issue happened.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Lexus ES300

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JT8BF28G0W_. I have a 1998 Lexus Es300. The driver's heated seat stopped working. Balise Lexus, of west springfield, MA, explained there was a broken wire in heating grid and wanted to charge me $500. 00, for parts and labor. My mechanic disassembled the seat and found the wire had frayed and shorted out when it started on fire. It had burnt part of the heating grid, the foam it was attached to and the inside of the leather upholstery. I showed this heating grid to the Lexus dealer, who replied, " the heating grids are only good for 3-5 years. " I would think that a fuse would short out, or a light on the dash would alert you to a malfunction. I definetely wouldn't expect a fire. This could have caused serious damage and even severe bodily injury. In the meantime, I have ordered the replacement heating grid for $204. 80. I feel this is a manufacturer's defect and should be reinbursed and a sefety feature of some sort should be installed in future models. What can I do? thank you for any advise. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on October 15, 2003.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Lincoln Town Car

The vehicle involved was a 2005 Lincoln Town Car. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Lincoln Town Car is 1LNHM81W75_. Driver's seat heater electrical failure, shorted caused fire, 2"x4" burn hole. This issue happened on Monday, December 19, 2011.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Lincoln Zephyr

The car was a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr. VIN of the vehicle was 3LNHM261X6_. Purchased linc zepher in Jan 2006, auto has been serviced 4 or 5 times to repair/replace the cooled/heated sets. The unit never ran for more than 30 minutes and when down from there to 15 min then 5 min then not at all. Dealer replaced all parts relating to this unit but system will function on for 30 minutes now at full capacity then for the next 30 minutes run at a diminished capacity then after 60 minutes in total does not function. Service rep. States this is normal operation of this equipment it overheats and will not work. Even though the zepher sales information states on page 10. - "the 3 cool settings join 3 heat settings to keep you comfortable all day - and all night". This problem occurred on January 18, 2006.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Mazda MAZDA6

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1YVHP80C67_. The vehicle is a 2007 Mazda Mazda6. The contact stated the heated seat feature on the front passenger seat became so hot that it burned away the leather on the seat. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and no assistance was provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 7/9/12 updated 07/10/12. It was Tuesday, November 1, 2011 when this front seat heater/cooler issue occurred.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Mazda RX8

The vehicle involved is a 2005 Mazda RX-8. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JM1FE17N15_. : the contact stated the seat warmer of the vehicle stays on and get too hot. The contact expressed concerns that this could become a fire hazard. Updated 7/11/2006- the set becomes so hot that it's unbearable. There is only one temperature, no temperature selection. This problem occurred on Feb. 1, 2006.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Mercedes Benz GL450

The vehicle was a 2007 Mercedes Benz Gl450. Driving in new jersey on route 80 west for 1-2 miles there was a strong odor of burnt wires that smell so bad and have noticed that the smoke was coming from underneath the passenger seat. It went on for few minutes where the wires actually caught on fire and milted together. Stopped the car, shot the engine off, with windows open and tried to pull the wires apart to prevent further damage. . . . But could not separate the wires from each other. Called the mb dealer near our location and brought the car in after the mbusa suggested towing it in and later we were told that the vehicle was safe to drive to the dealer. The local mb dealer manager I talked to was very helpful and understandable and he tries to support me the best way he could where he agreed to look at the car at reduced rate to help out to try to figure out the issue. The car is at the mb dealer now. Mbusa sent an expert to inspect the car at the mb dealer and after a week I was told that no one knows what happened. Mbusa ruled out any connections to a previous work done mb dealer on the driver seat heater. I was also told, by mbusa, that the issue is an internal and they can¿t discuss that with me and I should go thru my car insurance since vehicle was out of warranty. The dealer told me that it¿s approx. $12,000 job to replace the main harness which was responsible for this damage. I have spent so much money to purchase this SUV which supposed to be safe and reliable for me and my family and never expect this to ever happen¦. Perhaps we brought a lemon. The failure date was 04/02/14.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Mercedes Benz ML350

The car involved is a 2007 Mercedes Benz Ml350. The driver seat caught on fire due to a malfunctioning seat heater. A whole the size of a dime burned through the seat and the flame burned a hole into the coat of the vehicle's driver. This problem occurred on Tue., Mar. 4, 2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Mercury Villager

The VIN of this Villager is 4M2XV11T4Y_. I purchased a 2000 Mercury Villager bran new. At around 8,000 miles I would get a sickly sweet smell with the air conditioner on. I complained but neither Ford nor the dealer could tell me anything or find anything. Later it gor so bad the smell was on my breath and it triggered a bronchial infection that lasted for three months. Since then I have found that the dealer knew it was a mold build up in the air conditioner and he has been spraying with ananti fungal treatment. This clears it for a while, but not permanently. I now have a bathroom cleaner that I sprayed in and that seems to also work. This issue happened on 06/12/2001.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Mercury Sable

The vehicle is a 2001 Mercury Sable. While driving, consumer tried to move the front seat back by using what he thought was the power seat adjustment switch on the left side of the driver's seat, however the consumer really was adjusting an electric pedal adjustment switch that moved brake and gas pedal closer to consumer causing sudden acceleration, consumer states that these two switches should not be located near each other and that the pedal switch should only be able to be used while in park. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on Mar. 10, 2000.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Mitsubishi Diamante

The vehicle was a 2003 Mitsubishi Diamante. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 6MMAP67P23_. While servicing the vehicle mechanic discovered that driver's side heated seat burned. Consumer was unaware of the defect. This problem occurred on Friday, November 19, 2004.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Nissan Quest

The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Nissan Quest. The VIN of the problem Quest is 5N1BV28U05_. I have had the van in the shop at least 4 times(~15 days) with ongoing problems which include: the windows failing to roll up when button is pushed, the gas gauge failing to register gas after filling it up, the gas meter after a half a tank never registers correctly (when light indicates no gas and tank is filled the van will only take 16 gallons and owners manual indicates a 20 gallon tank), the transmission slips, the sliding doors squeak and rattle, rear interior clamps on floor of car are rusting, idiot lights come on intermittently, the gaskets on the doors are coming off, the heated seats haven't worked in high and low, the entertainment system doesn't respond to rear av, and the air conditioner is not cool enough and it stinks. The automatic slide doors will not stop for small objects but this product was designed for families. These doors will remove a child's finger and the switch to initiate the auto slide is low, where one child can push it while another is getting in, or has their hand in the way and didn't realize their brother pushed the button. I did my own little research test, I got pencils and everywhere I placed a pencil the door closed with the pencil being snapped into many pieces and crunched up in the door. Then I tried the same thing on my friend's Honda, but the Honda's auto slide doors bounced off every time. Nissan only designed their doors to respond to large extremities. I have an attorney and I am going through a process for lemon law. I didn't realize the issues with the van in a few days so I don't think Nissan service will resolve all these issues in 2 days with a special Nissan engineer sent out from the company as part of my lemon law process. And in regards to the sliding door concerns all anyone will say is that the doors are performing the way they were designed to. So Nissan designed a product for families that will remove a small hand or finger. This issue happened on Jan. 1, 2006.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Nissan Murano

Consumer owns a 2005 Nissan Murano. While driving less than 70 mph, the entire driver's side seat completely collapsed. The contact was able to drive to his residence; however, the seat continued to slide back and forth. The dealer stated that the entire frame failed and could not be repaired for less than $1,000. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 60,000. Updated 03/17/09 the consumer also stated the heated seat stopped working after 1 year. Updated 03/17/09. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on Oct. 10, 2008.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of SAAB 9000

The vehicle was a 1996 SAAB 9000. The automatic transmission was replaced three times. The first transmission was replaced due to a worn out oil pump(the fluid was burned), and there was a whining noise. The second incident happened while the consumer was driving and the transmission did not shift properly (had to drive back manually/the mechanic found an internal problem), the vehicle stayed in fourth gear, and had to be replaced with a rebuilt transmission. The rear brake pads had worn out. . The seat heater light was inoperative, the dealer replaced the seat heater switch, the exhaust system was replaced, the drive belt and pulleys were replaced. The mechanic stated something within the vehicle was built incorrectly to cause the transmission to fail. The motor for the rear windshield wipers had to be replaced, which caused the front windshield wipers not to work, and the hazard lights worked intermittently. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on August 1, 2001.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of SAAB 9000

The car was a 1996 SAAB 9000. The VIN of this vehicle was YS3CD68UXT_. The dealer replaced the transmission four times in the past two years. The vehicle had to be driven manually and stayed in 4th gear. The mechanic found an internal transmission problem. The rear brake pads were worn, the transmission oil pump was worn out, the hazards did not work when the weather was hot, but worked with the a/c it did not work. The muffler was replaced, the drive belt and pulleys were replaced, the rear brake rotors were out of specification and the brake pads were worn, the seat heater light switch was replaced, the oil pump was worn out. This front seat heater/cooler issue occurred 07/18/03.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Saturn VUE

The vehicle involved is a 2006 Saturn Vue. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 5GZCZ53466_. The air bag light on the dash came on and went off for several weeks and when this would happen, the air bag stated it was not on even when someone was sitting in the front passenger seat. I took it the gm dealer in my area and was told that the air bag sensor and passenger side heater switch needed to be replaced. After researching this particular problem online, I found several reports on various websites of this exact problem occurring in this same make/model of vehicle regarding the air bag sensor/seat heater sensor. When the dealer was asked about this concern/repair, we were told it was not a common occurrence, even though online reports stated differently. My question is that since this seems to be a repetitive problem of the exact same nature with this vehicle make/model and year, why did gm not submit a recall for this serious safety concern regarding the air bag issue? . . Updated 04/25/13. It was Wednesday, March 20, 2013 when this front seat heater/cooler issue happened.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Saturn VUE

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 5GZCZ63476_. I own a 2006 Saturn Vue awd in the 2 years I have owned the car here is a list of what has been replaced; 3 set of front brake rotors due to excessive warping to a point where they cant be turned which resulted in a shimmy of the steering wheel when the brakes are applied that keeping control was almost impossible. 2)rear wheel bearings at 25,000mi. 3) front strut mounts also at 25,000 mi. 4) pass seat air bag/seat heater module($907 one wont work without the other) 5) rear wiper motor6) windshield washer pump 6) gas tank vent valve solenoid switch (this makes the engine light com on) 7)3 yes 3 radios. 8) upper pass. Seat heater element. The failure date was Oct. 15, 2008.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Subaru Legacy

The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 4S3BL67685_. The heated seats in the Subaru Legacy gt limited have an element that "arcs" on to itself. Mine had a burn hole in the fabric upon replacement. This represents a fire hazard. Possible symptoms are bottom of the seat heating, but not the back, and vice versa. It was Friday, January 25, 2008 when this front seat heater/cooler issue occurred.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Subaru Legacy

The car involved was a 2000 Subaru Legacy. VIN of the vehicle was 4S3BH6751Y_. When heater switch is activated and then deactivated it will not shut off. The problem was regarding seat heater. It had rubber smell when activated. This front seat heater/cooler issue occurred Thursday, March 1, 2001.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Suzuki Grand Vitara

The vehicle is a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara. This happened day after we bought vehicle. Valve tapping coming from motor at idle. Rattling noise from engine at 50 mph. Passenger heated seat works 10% of the time. Took vehicle to dealership gave back in one hour. The help ticket states need to order part to heat seat and they need to call tech support to resolve tapping. I took SUV two weeks ago I call every other day. They say they are still waiting for tech support and they want to fix both problems at once. Are they waiting until the motor has serious damage before moving on to fix it?. This problem occurred on 03/03/2006.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Suzuki Grand Vitara

Vehicle identification number (VIN): JS3TE94776_. 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara with several problems. Consumer states that the problems are: steering shaft, engine making a knocking noise, engine light illumination, gasoline odor from engine and seat warmer not working. The engine noise was due to the camshaft timing belt which needed to be re-torqued. The purge valve was replaced due to the engine light being on. This issue happened on Monday, Aug. 27, 2007.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle heated seats recall notice. The consumer was concerned about the heated seats issue with the Toyota Camry's. The dealer assured the consumer, her vehicle was not affected. The consumer was informed, no recall was being issued for the vehicles already sold. It turned out, the consumers vehicle was affected, and the dealer informed her, a kit would be installed in the vehicle, once it became available. This front seat heater/cooler issue occurred Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Toyota Sienna

The vehicle is a 2006 Toyota Sienna. VIN of the vehicle was 5TDZA22CX6_. I turned on the seat heater, and the seat started smoking. The seat started smoking more and I turned my car off and poured water to stop the fire. I took pictures of the aftermath of the incident. It was Mar. 14, 2014 when this front seat heater/cooler issue happened.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Volkswagen Jetta

The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 3VWSB69M92_. Both front seat heaters on any setting arc and have burned multiple holes on the outer lower seat upholstry. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Volkswagen Jetta

Tl- the reporting person's vehicle is a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph a burning plastic odor was present inside the vehicle before the passenger suddenly experienced a burning sensation coming from the seated area of the passenger seat. The contact indicated that the passenger side seat heater element had over heated causing a burn hole in the seat and causing a minor burn to the passenger. The contact stated that a small flamed to the passengers right pant leg had to be extinguished during the incident and the passenger seat burn hole measured approximately 1 inch in diameter. The vehicle was diagnosed at the dealer. The contact was informed that the defect was caused by a faulty heat element inside the seat. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 125,000. Jft. It was Feb. 5, 2014 when this front seat heater/cooler issue happened.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Volvo S60

My wife drove the 2001 Volvo S60 and noticed a noxious burning smell and immediately drove it home. She thought it was something extremely wrong with the heater. I drove the car 3 days later and after 3 minutes noticed the burning smell as well. I turned off the heater, and the smell continued. I saw some smoke to my left side and noticed the seat had a hole that was melting and burning. I turned off the heated seat and ensured the seat did not burn further. It was Monday, December 2, 2013 when this front seat heater/cooler issue occurred.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Volvo V70

The car was a 2004 Volvo V70. This complaint pertains to the drivers side seat-heater. When activated, on the lowest of 2 settings, the occupant of the drivers-side front seat experiences a burning-pain sensation in the right-rear area of the thigh, after 60-90 seconds of the seat heater being activated via dash button. The owner of the car worries that: 1. ) accidental activation of the drivers-side seat heater, with no occupant in that seat, could result in thermal damage to the leather and padding of the seat, as well as combustion leading to the destruction of the car. 2. ) accidental activation of the seat-heater with an occupant in the drivers-side front seat could result in, sudden and extreme, discomfort to the vehicle operator, resulting in an uncontrollable physical reaction to pain, which could cause the automobile to leave the road, resulting in an accident. 3. ) the value of the car to be decreased upon potential sale of the car, due to the fact that the seat does not heat as intended, and additionally poses a danger to the driver of the vehicle. The fact that this apparatus' failure to operate as intended is in no part due to the owners following of recommended service and maintenance guidelines, would be interpreted as a "defect" by the potential buyer, thus devaluing the car, is worrisome. A fire caused inadvertently, or sudden pain causing a vehicle operator to involuntarily take his/her whole focus off of the task of driving, certainly constitutes a vehicle safety issue. An issue, affecting the immediate vehicles' driver and occupants, as well as other motorists on the road. Volvo submodel: V70 "r". This issue happened on 11/19/12.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Audi A4

The car is a 2001 Audi A4. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Audi A4 is WAUDC68D51_. While using my heater on my seats and a pillow for additional back support, I noticed smoke and burning smell when pulling into my driveway. When getting out of my car I noticed that my pillow was leaking. . . And upon pulling the pillow off the drivers seat, it was damaged/burned through. I also noticed that a burned hole the size of a quarter is now quite visible. Worried that this may cause a car fire. This front seat heater/cooler issue occurred Mon., Dec. 30, 2013.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Audi S4

The vehicle having this issue was a 2001 Audi S4. I feel there is a design flaw in the electrical front seats in the b5 chassis a4/s4 (1996-2001 a4 and 2000-2002 S4). I owned a 1998 Audi a4 and currently own a 2001 Audi S4. Both have been plagued with a front seat that rocks back and forth under acceleration and braking, the extent of which worsened dramatically over time. The problem was never fixed on my a4 with the Audi dealers I consulted telling me that the movement was "within" specs. Is it within spec to rock almost an inch? it seems like a serious safety concern since the greatest stresses would be during some kind of emergency braking manuever. Eventually my S4 had the seat-frame replaced as the movement got to where it apparently was "out of spec". I asked for what the guideline was and was not provided with a quantitative answer. I know many others with this same issue that have not had any satisfactory resolution, and I have little confidence that the issue will not rear it's head with my "fixed" seat, probably within the next year or two. This has not been an issue with other cars I have been in made my Honda, BMW, mercedes and more so the "all seats do this" argument presented by Audi does not seem to hold much water. If the seat bracket and frame are wearing out of the manufacturer's tolerances within months of ownership, it seems like a faulty design which creates a possible and probable safety hazard for many people on the road. I urge you to work with Audi to improve their seat/design/parts for existing owners before any serious injuries to owners or passengers occur. Thank you. - andrew chang. This problem occurred on Wednesday, January 1, 2003.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of BMW 5 Series

The vehicle involved is a 2006 BMW 5 Series. VIN of the vehicle was WBANF73596_. I bought the car it had an oil leak, radiator leak, developed an air bag malfunction, the engine stopped running, tar is accumulating on top of the sunroof every time I open it, the heater fan makes noise, the transmission makes noise after four attempts it is still leaking oil. All of my friends who own BMW's have also had air bag malfunctions. None were part of the recall, all paid $1,300. 00 to have it fixed. BMW should have recalled all of them. The purpose of recalling some is to avoid a total recall. They are building their cars with inferior parts so that they do not last for more than 60,0000 before major problems occur. One of my friends has spent over $10,000 on repairs to his 2004 x3. This front seat heater/cooler issue occurred Nov. 16, 2013.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of BMW X3

The vehicle was a 2005 BMW X3. I was driving home from work on I-90 in washington state and felt a sudden painful sharp pin point sensation in my left upper outer posterior thigh. I thought I was being stuck by a pin or something sharp. I put my hand down to pull out the sharp object and then felt a small spot in my seat that was burning hot. I almost lost control of my car from the severity of the pain in my fingers and thigh. I turned off the seat heater and the hot spot went away quickly. When I got home I turned the heater on again - and the same thing happened. I had a dime sized red burn mark on my thigh. This was only a minor injury, but I am lucky I did not receive a more serious burn, and that a fire did not start and that I was not in an accident. This is an extremely dangerous defect. This problem occurred on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Buick Regal

The VIN of this vehicle was 2G4WF55112_. Consumer owns a 2002 Buick Regal. The contact stated that after activating the front driver¿s side heated seat function, the heater could not turned off when switched to the off position. The contact indicated that the vehicle had to be completely shut off in order to deactivate the heated seat function. The contact also indicated that the heated seat had become very hot to the touch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 160,000. This front seat heater/cooler issue occurred January 2, 2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Buick Lucerne

The car involved is a 2007 Buick Lucerne. I keep getting an error message that my air bags are not working I take my car in and they say my air bags are "bad". The seats heaters/coolers stopped working about 6 months ago I checked into getting them fix and it is going to cost a lot of money. Now I went to put air in my tires and I am getting an error message to have my systems for my tires checked. This is the third time the tire gage has been broken. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on Wed., Jun. 20, 2012.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Cadillac DTS

The car involved was a 2006 Cadillac Dts. VIN of the vehicle was 1G6KD57Y26_. In regards heated / cooled seat inoperative - keywords climate control cool cooled driver front heat heated inoperative intermittent left module passenger right - (Mar 18, 2008) subject:heated/ cooled seat inoperative models:2006- 2008 Buick lucerne w/ rpo kb6 2006- 2008 Cadillac Dts w/ rpo kb6 I had my heated/cooled seat module replaced in August 2013. Through the winter my heated seats worked fine. Today I turn on my seat heaters only to hear a clicking noise coming from under the passenger seat followed by puffs of white smoke. I quickly turned the car off and disconnected the battery. Upon visual inspection of the area where the smoke came from. I found the module melted to the connector so much so I had to remove the relay for the seat module. This fire could have grown dangerous very quickly. I know a number of fellow Cadillac/Buick owners that this has happened to. If gm does not resolve this issue with a recall there will likely be legal action taken. This front seat heater/cooler problem happened on April 29, 2014.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Cadillac Escalade

The car involved is a 2007 Cadillac Escalade. Heated front seats not working. The problem with this, is that the connector that attaches to the climate control seat module (ccsm) (which is located under the front passenger seat), overheats to the point that the connector has melted. I believe that this is a fire hazard and Cadillac should look into fixing it. From all the posts on this subject in the Cadillac owner's forums there are alot of owners having the same problem and concerns. The failure date was Fri., Dec. 20, 2013.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Jaguar X-type

The car involved was a 2007 Jaguar X-type. Passenger's seat heater burned through seat scorching leather and coat of passenger. This issue happened on 01/22/2013.

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car   Front Seat Heater/cooler problem of Jaguar S-type

The vehicle is a 2003 Jaguar S-type. The VIN of this vehicle was SAJEA01U43_. 2003 s type Jaguar. Consumer states problem with electrical system, transmission slipping, drive shaft, and rear-end differential the consumer stated the vehicle was serviced 12 more times after he received a recall notice regarding the transmission and the problems were never corrected. Also, the windshield wipers did not work properly. The dealer replaced the wiper blades. The battery had to be jumped twice, the radiator and heater valve hoses were leaking and had to be replaced. The head lights fogged up and the bulb had to be replaced, the driver's seat rocked back and forth, the exterior driver's side mirror was not working due to a sticking switch. This front seat heater/cooler issue occurred Thu., May. 19, 2011.

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