Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, heated seat fire in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; had a little fire Sat morning, me and wife and kids where going out shopping, and we started to smell ...
had a little fire Sat morning, me and wife and kids where going out shopping, and we started to smell a strange smell, like something burning, turned the seat heaters off, and was just sitting at a light, then my oldest goes,"there smoke coming from mommys seat" my wife leans forward and theres this billowing smoke coming from the seat back.
I go into "protect mode" and fly about 70mph down the road, thank god it was close to the Fire Station( about 2 blocks away) pull up, yank the kids out, get them to the door, and by this time it is smoking not only from the seat back but the seat bottom also. get the firemen out there and they take us inside while they worked on it.
they cut the seat up and put it out, then pulled the heater fuses.
they showed me the damage and what looked like broken wires in the seat.
Anyone else ever have this?
I've got a meeting with the insurance company Tue. and should know more then.
It just gets me that it happen in 2 places at the same time.
thank god no one was hurt. and I can get the seat fixed.
Automobile(s): '93 Cadillac 60 Special; '03 Lincoln TownCar Limited ED
Northern New Jersey
Re: heated seat fire
For what it's worth & probably not too much:
Our son has a Jeep Cherokee with heated leather seats. The heating element stopped working while under warrantee. They took the seat out, and the covering off the seat. They found that some (two, I think) of the heated seat wire elements on the underside of the leather were broken. They said that's it's a good thing he came in as it "could have been an electrical fire in the seat - very soon". They went on to tell that sometimes people lean into the car to get something, by placing their knee on one seat and stretching across to the other, thereby placing all of their body weight on one knee cap, in one 3x3 inch area, and in so doing, they break the wires underneath at that point. He advised not doing such.
Automobile(s): 1992 STS / 2005 MB G500 / 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman S
TPA / STL / ICT / SAT
Re: heated seat fire
Originally Posted by shakushinnen
I'm interested in knowing if this a common problem. If so, I'll stop using mine.
Heated seat fires/burns in some Cadillac Catera's WERE a problem. I specifically remember this as being an issue which either Edmunds/Car and Driver or Motor Trend said SOMETHING about in one of their reviews. Ill try to find the specific instance, and it was not because of breaks in the wires, but rather overheating. I just KNOW I remember somewhere or someone mentioning this EXACT problem. Jeffery, had you heard of this?? I do know the Catera was in fact the only time Ive ever heard of this happening.
I have only tried mine a couple of times. Nice in the winter for the leather seats, which are pretty cool. They do warm up very fast. Maybe the problem is that the the wattage is too high??
We just had a near fire in the drivers seat of our '98 Cat. My wife came home telling of this awful smell in the car. I drove it next with the heater first turned off then on and knew pretty quickly where the smell came from. When I got home I realized there was a burned spot in the back of the seat. When I got in the house my wife showed me the burn (about 1" dia) in her jacket and her sweater. Has Cadillac offered to repair this as a silent recall?
Seems to me they would not want law suits from people with burned fannies.
PS: We have a valve cover gasket leak as well. Bil