Always on the vanguard of public safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether overenthusiastic seat heaters pose a health and safety risk, citing 150 people who have been injured by leaving their buns in the oven for too long.
In one case, a parapeligic man suffered burns in his Chevy Silverado after turning on the seat heater by mistake when he went to open a window, and as he was unable to feel the heat, left it on for two and a half hours. GM started printing seat heater warnings in their 2010 owners’ manuals , and all 2011 cars now carry them.
The seat heaters could carry an “unreasonable risk to safety,” the NHTSA was quoted in USA Today. An Oregon law firm is helping with the investigation.