Subaru Dashboards Turn Into a Pile of Sticky, Shiny Goo

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Scott McCracken
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Can Subaru dashboards handle the heat? A class-action lawsuit says 2005-2009 Legacy and Outback dashboards melt into a pile of sticky, shiny goo when exposed to heat and humidity.

The melted dashboards pose multiple safety risks:

  1. They reflect a shine onto the windshields creating images that interfere with the driver’s ability to see
  2. Some are worried that the deformed dash may impact the airbag’s ability to deploy properly
  3. They give off a terrible chemical smell

Subaru Dashboard Lawsuit

It should come as no surprise that the lawsuit, Janet Parks, Duane Gooch, Redmond Kelley and Gabor Vigh vs. Subaru of America, Inc. and Fuji Heavy Industries, LTD, was filed in the U.S. District Court of Southern Florida where they know a thing or two about heat and humidity.

The plaintiffs claim that Subaru has known about the problem because the dashboards had undergone testing where they were exposed to heat and humidity long-term. In addition, Subaru has received plenty of complaints and warranty repair requests.

The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for replaced dashboards which can run as much as $1000. Of course, there’s another problem — there’s no guarantee the replacement dash won’t just turn into the same melted mess.

Lawsuits Regarding This Problem

Lawsuits about this problem have already been filed in court. Many times these are class-action suits that look to cover a group of owners in a particular area. Click on the lawsuit for more information and to see if you're eligible to receive any potential settlements.

Generations Where This Problem Has Been Reported

This problem has popped up in the following Subaru generations.

Most years within a generation share the same parts and manufacturing process. You can also expect them to share the same problems. So while it may not be a problem in every year yet, it's worth looking out for.

Further Reading

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OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, here's a handful of things you can do to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint
  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify The CAS
  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA