NHTSA — Seats: Front Assembly: Seat Heater/Cooler Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Buick Regal accessories - interior problems

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 022004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles


While driving at any speed consumer felt that the vehicle's seat was getting too warm. Consumer stopped at a rest stop to use the facilities and returned to the vehicle. Upon returning to the vehicle consumer noticed that the vehicle was filled with smoke. The consumer claimed that no one in the vehicle smoked. Consumer mentioned that there were heated seats in the vehicle that may have caused the fire. Vehicle was taken to the dealer who refused to help solve the problem. It was later determined that eh heat seat wiring malfunctioned and caused a small fire which left a hole in the seat about 6 inches in diameter.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #1

May 242003


  • miles
The passenger side seat (without the heat switch being turned on) got so hot it melted a plastic bag on the seat and got the bottom of the seat so hot it melted the foam under the leather and caused a brown burn mark in the middle of the grey leather seats.

- Epping, NH, USA

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