Melting Dashboards And Potential Defects
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Aug 20, 2014 in Defective Products
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received hundreds of complaints from concerned car owners who have witnessed their dashboards melting. The problem seems to be particularly prevalent in southern states that experience higher temperatures.
Thus far, the complaints are from consumers who own cars manufactured by Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Nissan vehicles. Consumers have complained that the melting dashboards are both unsightly and pose a danger to drivers on the roads.
There are two primary problems with the melting dashboards. On the one hand, the melting dashboards are unattractive and in particularly new cars, this can cause angst in consumers who have purchased an already rapidly depreciating asset. Secondly, many consumers have reported that the dashboards melt and then congeal into a shiny reflective mess projects a glare onto the windshield.
Drivers have further stated in complaints that they are finding it difficult to see the road when the sun is high in the air because of this glare. Drivers who are involved in accidents where melting dashboards are
Additionally, for consumers who attempt to repair the dashboards on their own, they will be forced to shell out $1,000-$2,000. This is an amount of money that many consumers feel should be covered by the manufacturers who have allegedly sold a defective product.
No automaker has yet to admit that there is a widespread problem nor have any of them offered a reason as to why so many dashboards are melting. Indeed, the responses from the companies have revealed a wariness about admitting that there is even a problem.
Nissan has stated for instance that the problem is isolated and that consumers can contact the automaker for assistance on a case by case basis. Other car makers have used a similar theme in responding to media requests about what is shaping up to be a widespread problem. Mazda has offered consumers access to its consumer relations department to resolve concerns on a one on one basis. Mazda has not offered any information as to why their dashboards may be peeling.
Non-profit organizations, such as the Center for Auto Safety have repeatedly called on the NHTSA to recall the vehicles. The NHTSA has responded that at this point they do not consider the melting dashboards a safety issue but will continue to monitor the situation.
The defective product attorneys at Harbin Law are assisting frustrated car owners purse all of their legal options. To discuss the specific facts of your vehicle, call 1-888-821-0247.