Is The Dashboard In Your Car Melting?
Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Aug 20, 2014 in Defective Product
Not all automotive defects are related to pure safety issues. A recent slate of complaints about some Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Mazda cars has raised concerns about both aesthetic issues and safety defects.
Hundreds of consumers have complained about melting dashboards that can become sticky and shiny from exposure to sunlight. In some of the vehicles, the melting dashboards congeal into a shiny glob that then reflects sunlight onto the windshield, causing vision problems.
Nonprofit organizations, such as the Center for Auto Safety, have claimed that the number of complaints about this particular problem is indicative of a more widespread problem that may run into the tens of thousands of vehicles.
What Vehicles Are Affected?
Consumers have filed dashboard complaints about the following automakers:
Has Anyone Filed A Complaint?
Seventy percent of the complaints the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received about the 2008 Nissan Altima’s relate to melting dashboards and the dangerous windshield glare that the melting dashboards create.
The repair costs for consumers who decide to tackle the dashboard problem ranges from $1,000-$2,000 depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Vehicle manufacturers were originally not offering to fix the problem outside of warranty.
What Is Being Done To Correct The Issue?
After class action lawsuits were filed against a number of auto manufacturers, Toyota and Mazda implemented programs to fix most vehicles.
A settlement was reached in the Nissan Altima dashboard class action lawsuit on Jan. 6, 2017. Under the settlement, Nissan will cover everything but $250 of the cost to replace a melting dashboard in 2008 and 2009 Altimas that were purchased in Florida and are owned by a Florida resident. For more information about filing a claim for reimbursement for the cost of replacing your dashboard, click here.
Greg Coleman Law urges any car owner facing peeling and melting dashboards to contact our experienced Knoxville product liability lawyers. We offer free consultations and we only get paid when we obtain a recovery on your behalf.