2012 Mazda 3: Hmm, That's Gonna Leave a Mark
February 28, 2012
OK, this news isn't specific to our 2012 Mazda 3 but it is something for fans of seat heaters (i.e. me and Donna) to be aware of, especially when using a seat heater as effective as that in our Mazda.
So apparently, a new study shows that avid users of this popular car feature may be in danger of suffering from something called Toasted Skin Syndrome. It's not so much a burn as it is a rash caused by prolonged exposure to a heat source. Like how when you sit next to a fireplace too long or a space heater. Fortunately, the initial discoloration isn't permanent and will fade with time. If you do it all the time, however, "doctors say people who get the rash most often can also end up with a permanent tint in their skin." (CBS Local) Eek.
But at least now I won't be so quick to grumble over the fact that the Audi A8L's seat heater only goes on for 10 minutes or that the Infiniti M56 doesn't get hot enough. Still, bummer since this is one of my most favorite features in a car.
By the way, check out the list of warnings about the seat warmers listed in the Mazda 3's owner's manual. Drunk and fatigued people beware!
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor