It's no secret when people get in their cars on cold winter days, they want to get warm quick. That's why many drivers have seat warmers.
But an I-Team investigation exposes the dangers of turning up the heat. Sometimes these toasty seats can become too hot to handle.
The next time you sit in your car you may want to think carefully about turning on your seat warmers because you could find yourself in the hot seat.
Jessica Collins' first big purchase was her Volkswagon Passat and she got a big surprise one morning -- the smell was just horrible when she was driving to work.
"I smelled some wires burning and actually felt it burning towards the back of my leg." Jessica says.
A few months later, the same smell filled her car, this time when someone else was driving.
"I said pull over we have to check the seats," she said. "And it happened again, it burned two holes right up through the seat. They were about the size of cigarette burns."
The heated seat was the culprit.
The car dealer told her it was a problem with the temperature regulator. They replaced her seats and told her not to put the warmer on the highest setting. Now Volkswagon has recalled that part of the car.
And Jessica's not the only one who felt the heat. Several of the largest car manufacturers have already issued similar recalls.
"I don't think people realize they have the potential to be burned," said Dr. Cynthia Price.
The I-team took a Channel 3 mini-thermometer and put it on the seats of this Volvo. Within minutes the temperature raised to 84.
Dr. Price says it's easy to get burned when it's freezing outside and your enjoying a toasty warm seat.
"Just 40 degrees Celsius -- 104 to 110 degrees farenheit -- in enough to burn you.
The doctor advises if you're on a long drive, don't leave the heated seats on for several hours.
"If it feels too hot, you need to turn it off," Dr. Price said.
But it wasn't a matter of hours for Lenny Saponare.
"I was driving down the road and I noticed my leg was burning on the inside of my thigh," Saponare said."So when I got home, I checked and I had a big red welt on the inside of my thigh."
Saponare happens to be an electrician and he believes the car manufacturers need to look at the pressure being put on the heating coils inside the seats when you're constantly getting in and out of the car.
"If it shorts out probably half way or something that will cause the other part of the coil to heat up twice as bad and I have to believe that it could actually cause a fire," Saponare says.
The National Highway Traffic Administration has actually received hundreds of complaints about heated car seats. If you want to find out if there are complaints, investigations or recalls of your car you can click here .