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Old 03-04-2004, 10:01 AM   #11
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Shocking Info

The shock is caused by static electricity built up from your clothes sliding along the surface of the seat. This is actually also the most common cause for gas station fires. The advice of dryer sheets to help fight the static in your clothes is good. I have also heard of people rubbing them on their seats. Holding a piece of metal that is grounded like yuor door will also work. Not sliding as much will help keep it down.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:02 AM   #12
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they might be doing it to all new cars since its happenening to me on every new car i get in, to prevent static blowing up gas stations and stuff like that ??????
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:33 AM   #13
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I always get shocked in the winter.
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Old 03-04-2004, 12:11 PM   #14
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don't have that problem . I've got the LEATHER
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Old 03-04-2004, 12:15 PM   #15
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Wow, thanks for the replies everyone. Sorry to hear it's a common problem, but I'm kinda glad it isn't just my car. I am with you folks on seat cloth idea... maybe I will swing by the store on the way home and pick up some dryer sheets for a wipe down of the driver seat. Then maybe I'll use them in the next dryer load and see if that helps too.

Funny, the seat cloth is the one thing I didn't like about my Focus' interior. The earlier Focus seats I've seen had a softer, 'stretchier' feel to them. The cloth on my sees is a nice color and all, but it feels more like awning material than uppolstery cloth. Oh well. We can all pray that a few gas station explosions will prompt a recall, and well all end up with leather ;-)

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Old 03-04-2004, 12:30 PM   #16
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Check Walgreens & Wal-Mart...I think they sell Anti-Static Sprays that you could mist your seats and carpets with.
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Yeah, I hate it. It happens to me every time, and I do use dryer sheets. I notice it a lot too when I wear fleece. You can buy "ScotchGuard" static spray, and it should take care of the problem. As for the gas station fires, just FYI, make sure when you get out of your car to pump the gas that you touch a metal piece on your car before EVER touching the gas pump. Otherwise you run the risk of catching yourself and everyone in the proximity on fire!!
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Old 03-04-2004, 01:03 PM   #18
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I get shocked everytime I get out of my car too.
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I rode in a SVTF (w/leather) and I still got shocked when I got out. Maybe I'm just too "electrifying".
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I get the same every single time I touch mine, every time, no matter where, it happens. i call it chemistry between us. hehehe
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