Porsche is facing an unusual lawsuit, and no, it isn't about emission scandals, or missing parts. Neither is it an airbag issue or models that lack certain horsepower. Rather, it is the fact that the dashboard is too bright that people need to wear sunglasses to drive the car.
A group of unhappy Porsche owners got together because apparently, they all have the same complaint. That their German sports car have a gleaming dashboard, especially when the sun is out, as it reflects onto the windshield. Having said that, it makes the car difficult to drive as it hurts their eyes. Therefore, they will have to spend extra cash to get themselves a decent pair of polarized sunglasses.
The group created a website called DashboardGlareClassAction.com where they stated that the brightness may cause unnecessary accidents, and that the German manufacturer must do something about it. To defend itself, Porsche did say that there had been no accidents that had been reported with this complaint. What the company also intends to do to avoid further legal action from the group is that they will reimburse their customers’ sunglasses by giving them $50 to $175 depending on how much the shades are. Apparently, Porsche drivers will likely own an expensive pair of shades.
This was settled last December, and customers are given until September 21 to apply for the reimbursement of their sunglasses, while they have until June 25, 2018 to submit other claims. The reimbursement is limited to owners of Porsche models that were produced between 2007 to 2016, and only those with light interior colours including: Luxor Beige, Cognac, Natural Brown, Platinum Grey or Sand Beige. Unusually, models before 2007 with the same interior colours do not have the same problem. Sorry for those with a black interior, as you won't get a free pair of shades.
When I said customers could make other claims, this means that those who did some modifications to reduce the glare of the car, perhaps by adding tint or so. They could also get a $50 to $175 compensation. Though we do think that buying a pair of sunglasses might be cheaper.
In conclusion, it is just a bit ironic that these customers could get themselves a Porsche worth five-digits, but are complaining that they would have to spend on a pair of sunglasses, which really should be nothing to them. Do you think that what the German automaker did was enough to avoid a more serious case, or should they have gone to court?