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Heated seats are no longer just a luxury item installed into high-end cars; they now come almost standard. First introduced all the way back in 1966 by Cadillac, to help passengers alleviate backaches, and remained an extravagance that most people did not have in their vehicles. While heated seats are great on days where you’re having back pain, or when it’s winter and you need to get toasty, there are some downsides as well. Here are the pros, cons, myths, and possible repairs that you may need to invest in if your car comes with the heated seat or if you have had them installed after the fact.


The biggest pros of getting heated seats are twofold: extra warmth and pain relief. Heated seats in the winter – or even summer on a brisk day if you are prone to being cold – are a great way to warm up faster once you get in from the cold. Seat warmers often heat up more quickly than your heater can warm up the car, so they are a great way of warming up fast when it’s freezing cold outside. They are also wonderful if you have any aches and pains. Up to 85% of working people are expected to experience lower back pain throughout their lives. There is a good chance that at some point you would love to rest with a heated seat.


Heated seats have caused burns previously. If you can feel that your seat has malfunctioned and is getting too hot, then turn it off, but some people have low sensitivity or paralysis and cannot gauge that things have gone haywire with their heated seat. There are also some studies that have shown that heated seats can affect male fertility, so guys, be cautious when using heated seats for long stretches of time and consider using them to warm up from the cold then turn them off.

Myths and Facts

Myth – heated seats ruin leather seats. This is false. All heat does cause leather to dry out, but your leather seats will get much hotter in the summer sun than they would with your heated seats turn on. Take care of your leather seats with conditioner so they don’t dry out and you will be fine.

Myth – heated seats cause hemorrhoids. This is false. Heated seats don’t cause hemorrhoids or make them worse if you already have them. The warmth, in fact, might help ease the pain.

Fact – heated seats can be used to keep your take-out warm. Just pop your takeaway onto your passenger seat and turn on the heated seat to keep everything tasting great!

Repairs on a seat warmer can be small or large. Sometimes the heating element burns out, which means that the entire system needs to be replaced, while sometimes it is just a tweak. The most important thing is to get it fixed by a professional, as fixing it means dealing with electricity.

If you are thinking about getting heated seats installed in your car, then contact us at Cobra. We are the experts in all things car accessories and truck accessories and are happy to provide you with a quote for outfitting your vehicle with heated seats. Contact us today!


All credit goes to Cobra Car and Truck Accessories