Safety Seat Is Obnoxious - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Safety Seat Is Obnoxious

May 31, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

I thought I would get used to the so-called Safety Seat in our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS. I haven't, and at this point I don't expect I will. For those unaware, the Safety Seat adds a pair of thigh bolsters that twitch prominently when the car's proximity sensors decide it is necessary to do so.

For example, it'll goose your hindquarters when you're approaching an object while parking, whether backing or fronting in. Or when it thinks you're approaching another vehicle too quickly.

I get the concept. It alerts the driver only, unlike auditory alerts that let everyone in the car know that something's up. But every time that freakin' seat twitches I want to burn this car to the ground. It is obnoxious and distracting, which is sort of the point of the thing, and sort of the opposite of the point.

Were the ATS mine I'd skip the Safety Seat altogether. Unfortunately, it is compulsory equipment in Premium trim, so I'd be hunting for an electrical connector to unplug.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I wondered how long it would be before somebody objected.

  • benson2175 benson2175 Posts:

    Can you turn it off? Parktronic beeping on my MB is really annoying and I always turned it off every time I got in the car. Then it stopped working on its own. Problem solved.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    one more thing to break. should have options for combinations of vibrate/visual (lamp)/auditory beep. today everything is about customizing the driver experience (sometimes to levels of excess!) I would hate to be a service adviser nowadays trying to explain the new user interfaces.

  • azsvt azsvt Posts:

    I know you are an engineer, but less educated people also own or are considering buying one of these so you should have mentioned that the car settings provide for the vibrations to be replaced by sounds or to be turned off entirely. The sensitivity can also be adjusted in the settings if you like tailgating, etc.. If you try to adjust the sensitivity by just partially cutting a wire, it won't work.

  • ehyeh ehyeh Posts:

    I know have an idea of all the things you don't like about the ATS. Now could you share with us the things you do likd.

  • ryster ryster Posts:

    If you don't like it, disable the feature. From what I have read, there is a way to disable the feature without resorting to unplugging electrical connectors.

  • page 5-44 of the owners manual

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