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You're Gonna Get Seat Heaters, Too

The BMW i3 is about to get a lot cooler. No, wait, a lot warmer. That's because there will a few new standard features in the i3 plug-in vehicles sold in the US, including seat heaters and satellite radio. Oh, and DC fast charging.


A quick Google search for "danger of heated seats" reveals any number of news stories about burn risks and the potential for damage to the, um, potency, of men. For most of us, though, we know when a heated seat gets too hot. 26-year-old Emma Verrill doesn't have that luxury.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now looking into whether or not seat heaters pose an "unreasonable risk to safety," according to USA Today. The government agency is currently shuffling through dozens of reports of burns associated with overactive heaters, and Johnson Clifton Larson & Schaler, an Oregon law firm, says that it knows of at least 150 people injured by the convenience feature.

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/health/We_knew_it_Heated_seats_boil_your_boys'; Heated seats can be just what the doctor ordered in the middle of winter, but if you're trying to pass on your car-loving gene pool, you may be better off freezing. Scientists studying male fertility have discovered that the proliferation of heated seats raises the temperature of your junk by a full degree Fahrenheit verses sitting in the car without artificially warmed seats. That's enough to cut your chances of

Owners of some 2003 and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees can be expecting a recall letter sometime in July; that is, if they haven't already experienced charred backsides urging them to return to their dealers. DaimlerChrysler will be performing a campaign on the vehicles to address an issue with the vehicle's heated seats, which can malfunction and lead to a fire. The problem is said to be related to the company's use of a "thin film" carbon resistive element, which replaced the traditional wirewound

This takes some loose logic, but the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory are reporting that the use of new ventilated seats like those available as an option in the Cadillac STS will likely contribute to a 7.5% reduction in using a vehicle's air conditioner, thus improving a vehicle's fuel economy. Spread across the nation that would amount to 522 million gallons of fuel saved. The NREL used ComfortCool seats by W.E.T. Automotive Systems in its tests.

The Department of Energy says that having a hot booty isn't necessarily a good thing. In fact, it argues that ventilated seats (like those of the Cadillac STS that pull away warm air and moisture), could save as many as 522 million gallons of gas if all cars on the road were equipped with the technology. How so? The DOE reasons that if drivers' rumps and backsides are kept comfortable, fewer people would find it necessary to turn on the air-conditioning... thus saving money and the environm