It gets a lot worse - that “non-slip” backing begins to decompose into tiny white chunks of rubber within a few week or so and the stuff gets all over the car, your clothing and anything near it. Also the straps are too long and don’t really hold all that well.
I miss being able to put seat covers on my leather seats in the summer, but apparently, the airbags make that a no-no. Instead, I just throw an ugly beach towel down or resign myself to wearing pants or burning my skin off.
@cengland0 My last few cars have had airbags in the seats and say specifically not to use any kind of covers. @djslack and @mbimeh may be right that these might be okay, but I haven’t ever wanted to risk it (I’m worried that the straps might interfere or something).
@cengland0 a lot of newer cars have side impact torso airbags built into the seat. Basically airbags that protect you from left to right movement in a crash. A car seat cover that wraps around the sides of the seat would constrict those airbags.
@PurplePawprints@aristan Hey, thanks for that info. Now that I think of it, my car is probably one of them that has something in the seats because it does have side airbags. Either it drops from just above the door or out from the seat – or both.
@PurplePawprints I have one from a previous offer, and it’s just a towel – I doubt it’d affect airbags at all. OTOH, it doesn’t really work any better than a towel, the retaining strap is ridiculous and has to be modified, it has a hideous high-visibility logo on it, and it sheds rubbery dandruff.
OTOOH, some of the ones on sale today are apparently cheaper than towels.
Nope, nope, nope. 11% 1-star reviews on Amazon, many for the anti-slip backing disintegrating and leaving sand-grain-sized particles all over the interior of the car. Don’t need another cleanup generator.
These covers are great , if they had grey or black I would buy more . I can’t stand leather seats in cold or very hot weather, remote start cars will not turn on the seat warmers in winter .I have 12 air bags in my cars and if they all went off my legs and chest would be wrapped in a 4 inch lip of terry cloth
Think these are the same ones I bought on Meh awhile back. They are OK, but the one I’ve been using seems to be disintegrating and leaving little white rubber bits all over my seat/car. Also, the strap system is a bit too long to properly tighten it to the headrest.
I bought something similar 10 years ago to put under the kids car seat so we would at least some barrier between the mess that comes from small children and the sponge of cloth seats. Did ok for a few years.
@keysbill ‘something decent’ is like a whole lot more. I bought the orange disintegrating covers to replace the black disintegrating covers now in the truck. The truck only gets used 10 times a year. Still I worry the orange will make me think twice about using the truck. Maybe I could go over it with a black sharpie?
I’ve been waiting for these to come up at the Goodwill for a few years now. I’m tired of waiting, and pulled the trigger.
These are not bad, especially for the money. They have a bit of grippy rubber on the back, which is also the moisture barrier. The top is terry cloth/towel type material. Truthfully, you’d pay more for two good towels to cover the seats that wouldn’t attach to the headrest. They slide a bit, if you slide, so you kind of need to rise up and sit ‘down’ on them. Other than that, not bad at all.