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The chip shortage is so bad GM dropped heated seats in winter


General MotorsDue to the lack of chip supply, it was necessary to remove heated seats from some vehicles temporarily. The largest U.S. carmaker isn’t the only one. Another sign that automakers have to react to the crisis is this move cratering dealer inventory, spiking prices and delaying orders.

While GM does have a proposed remedy in place — a retrofit option will be available for owners later in 2022 — there really is no discernible end of the chip shortage in sight. Talk has been heard of a plan to increase domestic semiconductor production. However, this will require years of work and many billions of dollars.

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