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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Seat heating

Fig. 51 In the center console: Seat heating control for front seats.

Read and follow the introductory information and safety information firstIntroduction to the subject 

When the ignition is switched on, the front seats can be electrically heated by heating elements that warm the seat backrest and cushion.

Do not use the seat heating if any of the following conditions apply:

  • If the seat is not being used.
  • If there is a child restraint installed on the front passenger seat.
  • If there is a blanket or seat cover on the front passenger seat.
  • If the seat is damp or wet.
  • If the outside temperature or the temperature inside the passenger compartment is 77 °F (25 °C) or more.
Function Action for seat heating ⇒ Fig. 51 
Switch on: Press the button. Seat heating is switched on to maximum.
Adjusting heating level: Press the button repeatedly until the desired heating level is set.
Switch off: Press the button repeatedly until all indicator lights in the button are off ⇒ Fig. 51 .

Special seat heating features

The seat heating on the passenger side is switched off every time the ignition is switched off. Seat heating must be switched on again if needed each time the ignition is switched on. On the driver side the seat heating will resume at the setting that was set when the ignition was switched off. However, this feature only works if the key does not get pulled out of the ignition switch, or, for vehicles with Keyless Access, the doors are not opened or the vehicle is locked.

People suffering from a low level of perceived pain or a lowered awareness of pain as from medication, paralysis, or chronic illness (e.g. diabetes) should NEVER use the seat heating feature ⇒ .

The use of seat heating by persons with these conditions could result in burns to the back, buttocks, and legs that may take a long time to heal and may never heal completely. If you have any of these conditions, you should take regular breaks and get out of the vehicle, particularly on long trips. Consult your doctor for advice regarding your specific condition.

Warning

Certain medical conditions, such as paralysis and diabetes, and certain medications, can increase the risk of serious burns when the seat heating feature is switched on.
  • Vehicle occupants who have a low level of perceived pain or a lowered awareness of pain can receive serious burns to the back, buttocks, and legs that take a long time to heal or may never heal completely.
  • Never use the seat heating feature if you or your passengers are at risk of being burned because of a medical condition. Take regular breaks and get out of the vehicle, particularly on long trips. Consult your doctor for advice regarding your specific condition.
  • Never let exposed skin remain in contact with the seat upholstery when the seat heating is being used.

Warning

A wet seat can cause the seat heating to malfunction and increase the risk of serious burns.
  • Always make sure the seats are dry before using the seat heating.
  • Never sit on the seat with wet clothes.
  • Never put damp or wet things including clothes on the seat.
  • Never spill liquids on the seats.

Note

  • To help prevent damage to electrical and other parts in the seat, do not kneel on the front seats or apply concentrated pressure to a small area of the seat or backrest.
  • Liquids, sharp objects and things that do not let the heat in the seat escape into the air, including, for example, a child restraint, a blanket or seat covers on the seat can damage seat heating.
  • If you smell an odor, immediately shut off seat heating and have it checked by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
  • Never install leather upholstery on a vehicle with seat heating that originally had cloth upholstery. The seat heating elements for seats with cloth seats will overheat if the cloth upholstery is replaced with leather upholstery.

Switch off seat heating when it is not needed to help reduce unnecessary fuel consumption.

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