Blinding Dashboard Glare Lawsuit

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Scott McCracken
An overhead view of a parking lot with cars neatly lined up inside parking spaces.

Being able to see the road clearly is one the cornerstones to a successful day of driving. That's probably why some Legacy and Outback owners are so fed up with their dashboards.

A proposed class-action lawsuit says the dashboards were made with a defective material that fails in high heat or sunlight. It melts, becomes shiny, and creates a strong glare off the windshield.

Some say you can simulate the experience by duct taping a flood light to your dash, point it directly at your retinas, and then try to not rear-end the person in front of you. Bonus points if you do it with a massive headache because the the melting dashes tend to give off a mind-numbing chemical smell:

"The plaintiffs claim the cost to replace a melted dashboard can be as high as $1000. Once a customer has paid to have a new dashboard installed, the original defective plastic is still used and will eventually melt and become a blinding menace."

And then there's the question of its affect in airbags:

"The plaintiffs say the passenger-side airbag deploys through perforations in the dashboard, so what happens if the dashboard is damaged?

Subaru denies and wrongdoing because ... of course they do. The lawsuit targets the 2005-2009 model years.

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