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Heated seats and seat covers

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by 198052, Aug 2, 2012.

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    198052

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    Has anyone heard of any concerns using seat covers on cars with factory heated seats? I searched on this topic in the forum and was not able to find any hits. Thank you.
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    MGarrison

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    I haven't - if your seat covers have any labeling as to manufacturer, theoretically you might be able to contact them and find out the flame-retardant quality of the seat cover fabric. Normally functioning seat-heaters should not be hot enough to ignite the seat itself, seems unlikely to me there might be much of a risk or issue, except for possibly with all but the cheapest of seat covers. As an automotive product, I would expect them to be made of a flame-retardant material, but, I would also have expected Chinese children's toys not to have ingestible heavy-lead paint, or similarly sourced dog-chow to contain toxic, potentially fatal, ingredients. If you have access to one of those hand-held thermometers (something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/buy/electr...rared-thermometer-w-laser-sighting-92092.html) you could see how hot your seat gets after it's been sat on and on enough to reach a max temperature. Then, if you can find out the melting temperature of your seat cover fabric, you might have an idea if you're even close to any kind of issue. I suppose there's always the flame test, take a match to an inconspicuous part of your seat cover and see if rapidly bursts into a ball of flame... (might be a good idea to pull the seat cover out of the car and conduct all experimentation away from the car, house, gasoline cans, long hair, or anything else combustible).

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