Woman claims suffering 3rd-degree burns from heated seat

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former Maine woman who claims she got third-degree burns from a heated seat in her SUV is suing General Motors.

In a lawsuit, Emma Verrill claims GM didn’t adequately test the rear seat heaters in her Chevrolet Suburban.

She says the error put the seats at “dangerously high temperatures that would burn human flesh.”

Verrill, who now lives in Texas, is paralyzed from the waist down and can’t feel hot and cold in her lower body.

GM denies the seat heater was defective or dangerous, denied causing Verrill’s injury, and denied knowledge of a defect or failure to fix a defect.