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All things being equal, it is often the extra features of a vehicle that sell it. For the discerning car shopper who lives in colder temperatures, it's the seat heater that sits near the top of "must have" extra featured products list.

Seat heaters, though, may pose an unreasonable risk of burn, specifically to drivers and passengers who are disabled, paralyzed or have other sensory issues, according to USA Today.

Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burns at Shriners Hospital for Children in Northern California, told USA Today that 105 degrees is the maximum temperature that seat heaters should ever reach. USA Today reported, however, that the temperature of seat heaters varied - ranging anywhere from 105 to a staggering 160 degrees. Dr. Greenhalgh notes that sitting on a heated seat set at 120 degrees for 20 minutes can cause third degree burns.

On the heels of lobbying efforts by safety advocates, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that it would investigate whether or not seat heaters pose an unreasonable safety risk. If seat heaters are found to be a risk, than the NHTSA will almost certainly regulate the maximum temperature of seats or institute the mandatory installation of shutoff switches once a certain temperature or time is exceeded.

Regardless of the outcome of the NHTSA investigation, if this extra feature has burned you or a loved one, you may be entitled to receive compensation for any injuries suffered. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about ways in which you can seek compensation for your injuries and put the automobile manufacture in the hot seat so that no one else gets burned.

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