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Action coming on seat-heater safety

7:23 PM, Jan. 22, 2013  |  Comments
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WASHINGTON - Auto industry officials are drafting recommendations to prevent car-seat heaters from burning people.

At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's request, a Society of Automotive Engineers committee began meeting last March to determine the top temperature seat heaters should reach, consider automatic shut-off features and decide whether indicator lights should be in standard locations in vehicles.

NHTSA made the request after USA Today reported in 2011 that safety advocate Sean Kane and doctors including Shriners Hospitals chief of burns David Greenhalgh planned to ask the agency to require automakers to make seat heaters less dangerous to those with sensory deprivation.

Paraplegics and quadriplegics typically can't tell how hot the seats are or even if the heaters are on - and in rare cases have been injured.

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