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Old 04-05-2013, 08:22 AM   #21
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I'm trying to be open minded about this since lighting your ass on fire is no laughing matter. I've never heard of heated seats catching on fire before. If they had, it surely would have been on the national news. Anyone know if heated seats have ever been recalled from any auto manufacturer for catching on fire?

Frankly, I'm skeptical about the pic. It looks like the burning occurred from the top down. It also looks like the hole may have been trimmed, it looks too squarish but can't be sure about that. Also note the two smaller burns below the hole; they look like something hot burned it from the top.

Hmmm, good luck taking that to BMW.

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:57 AM   #22
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:17 AM   #23
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:40 AM   #24
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I'm trying to be open minded about this since lighting your ass on fire is no laughing matter. I've never heard of heated seats catching on fire before. If they had, it surely would have been on the national news. Anyone know if heated seats have ever been recalled from any auto manufacturer for catching on fire?

Frankly, I'm skeptical about the pic. It looks like the burning occurred from the top down. It also looks like the hole may have been trimmed, it looks too squarish but can't be sure about that. Also note the two smaller burns below the hole; they look like something hot burned it from the top.

Hmmm, good luck taking that to BMW.
edit: I've also seen, as have others in this thread, this issue among BMWs and non BMWs. A quick google search will yield results.

I knew people would say that. Why would I make this up when I do all the maintenance on my car myself anyway, have bought and put in part after part etc. Don't you think it would be pretty easy to figure out the problem by just turning on my driver's side seat warmer again and watching it smoke?

First of all, I don't smoke. Second of all, the spot on the seat is covered by my leg, third of all, dropping a cigarette briefly onto my seat would not yield the melting you see -- I also doubt it would have any effect as the cigarette would most likely land on its side rather than standing straight up on the lit end....and would not burn through my seat even if I left it sitting there for 10 minutes.

So anyway. The seat heater on my driver's side did that while I was driving. I was able to catch it due to smoke rising up from between my legs, and as I've said before, the passenger side one gets uncomfortably hot, almost bordering on burning your leg depending on where you touch. Touching certain spots with bare skin definitely feels like a minor burn if you kept your hand there.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:49 AM   #25
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Hmmm, you may be on to something here. VW had a recall for their heated seats catching fire. Not so skeptical anymore.
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This isn't a common issue with E46s. I've heard of it happening in other cars. Did your car come with heated seats from the factory? Isn't there a fuse for the heated seats? Was it replaced with a bigger fuse?
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This isn't a common issue with E46s. I've heard of it happening in other cars. Did your car come with heated seats from the factory? Isn't there a fuse for the heated seats? Was it replaced with a bigger fuse?
Yeah it did. No fuse changes that I'm aware of. Stock seats. Everything stock. The only thing I've changed on this car is the e-brake handle.
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Is it possible someone flicked the cherry off their cig and it flew into your car? Check that pair of pants you were wearing
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Well, my seat heater got really hot (I mean unbearable) a few times, even on the low heat (one light) setting. Once on highway I had to keep turning the heater on and off to avoid being burnt.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:35 PM   #35
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Actually, I had similar incident.
On my previous e46, heated seat got so hot it actually melted down leatherette little.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #36
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There's a thermocoupler or something in the seat somewhere. Mine doesn't work, but the heated seat does. I just turn it off after a minute or so...the 'low temp' setting doesn't seem to work...seems to be not an uncommon issue.

Haven't searched yet to see about getting to this thermocoupler, but I have a feeling it's not so easy to get to.
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You should get a new seat out of this. BMW is recalling E60's and several others for battery fires that have burned down some houses. Tell them you are very worried about this happening to you.
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Same here. The lowest setting is kinda scalding for my tush.
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