Lexus Facing Melting Dashboards Class Action Lawsuit

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Los Angeles, CA: A defective products class action lawsuit has been filed against Lexus by two independent Lexus owners who allege the luxury vehicle company, and its parent, Toyota Motor Corp, sold defective vehicles with interiors that are unable to withstand the Florida heat.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that the dashboards and other, similar interior components of their Lexus vehicles grew sticky, oily, shiny, cracked and otherwise degraded in appearance when exposed to the natural heat and humidity in Florida.

Daniela Perez and Jesus del Rio allege that Lexus was aware of the problem with the dashboards but refused to make repairs in the affected vehicles once the warranties expired. While Toyota sent out a service bulletin to its dealerships in 2011, alerting dealers to the defect and instructing them to make repairs on the burned dashboards, the dealerships refused to repair damages in vehicles that are no longer covered by the Lexus comprehensive warranty, the lawsuit contends.

Further, Perez and del Rio allege that the vehicles were marketed as being suitable for the climate in Florida yet the product disintegrated in the heat under normal conditions in the vehicles, "These vehicles are marketed as luxury vehicles and as the product of Lexus' never-ending 'pursuit of perfection,'"the plaintiffs alleged in the suit, and they state that the dealerships refused to do anything about it. The complaint names two Lexus dealerships, Lexus of Kendall, which serves Miami, Coral Gables and South Florida, and Scanlon Lexus of Fort Myers. It also names Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

The plaintiffs are represented by Juan P. Bauta II of the Ferraro Law Firm PA.

The case is Daniela Perez et al. v. GFB Enterprises LLC d/b/a/ Lexus of Kendall et al., in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit In and For Miami-Dade County.

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Reader Comments

Posted by
Shelia
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I own a 2006 I250 Lexus my dash broad is crack melting and sticky.
It has a very bad reflection on the
windshield in the sunshine.

Posted by
Lannie Arrington
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I never received any notice for my 2003 Lexus IS 300 about my melting dashboard, the defective Oxygen Sensor 2 nor the the defective AM/FM/CD/Cassette system. 2 different District Managers told me they would pay half on the dashboard which was unacceptable. In 2016, the dashboard was so bad they decided to replaced with an old or dashboard taken from another salvaged vehicle. Still refusing to reimbursement for the Oxygen Sensor 2 and the CD/Cassette AM/FM system.

Posted by
Lee Heller
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I have been on a waiting list in Tampa Florida for three years now for melting plastic interior. Since May 2016 I have moved up in the queue from 670 to 617 on the dealers list. My 2008 IS350 is virtually un-driveable in the FL sun, not to mention the passenger airbag situation which doesn't even have a waiting list yet. My dealer laughed when I said it might be another ten years before they address the problems and they actually laughed and said "yes, it might be". Lexus corporate customer service can do nothing per numerous calls to them. It is time someone sue Lexus, big league!

Posted by
Kathy kamin
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It's been EIGHT (8) YEARS and counting that I've had the same disintegrating dashboard/panel complaints as everyone else on this thread. TOYOTA/LEXUS, you FAIL!! No answers, no resolve, just placating and BS. Luxury car manufacturer ....bahahahahha. What a joke.

Posted by
DANG NGO
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My 2004 IS 300 dashboard started "melting" many years ago. I has always been garaged and only has only 50K miles. I bet that every IS 300 out there experiences the same problem. Just looked at the list of Lexus on the list of recall, the IS 250/350 are on it, but the Is 300 is not. Does not make any sense. This is definitely Lexus design problem. Very bad PR. I will continue looking on the net to find a way to fight Lexus to get the dashboard replaced.

Posted by
Lisa Bovia
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My dashboard in my 2004 Lexus rx330 cracked in 2 places the one crack is where the airbag is on the passenger side. How can I get this fix I heard theres a recall. Thanks

Posted by
Anthony Poston
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I have attempted several time to get information on getting my dash board replaced only to be face with attitudes and bad customer service. It seem to me that Toyota Motor Corp is trying to let the clock run on this hoping we will be forced to purchase another car it’s very disappointing and aggravating especially when I consider the amount of money I have given them with the purchase of the car and the continued service. I will not let them defeat me I will pursue this with everything I have until they right their wrong.

Posted by
Margaux Ross
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The Lexus division of Toyota Motor Corp is claiming they will fix the dashboards when they get the parts, but that they have no idea whatsoever when they will get the parts. How insulting. I've heard of court's forcing slum lords to live in their slum units for a period of time. I think one of the existing class actions' claim for relief should be that the Toyota Motor Corp key executives should be forced by the courts to drive cars with cracked and melting dashboards for several years. That will get the problem resolved more quickly and teach them a much lesson. Shame on them.

Posted by
Kay Shepherd
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Have called Lexus many times regarding this problem. There is a glare caused by the sticky, shiny dashboard reflecting on the windshield.
Lexus is really dragging their feet. At the rate they are moving most of us will have already purchased a new vehicle. Not Lexus, of course.

Posted by
Norman Buchalter
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I have a 2004 IS300 with the same problem. Car has been in a garage with low mileage ( currently 60m). I went to dealership 2 years ago about the melting dashboard. Lexus and dealership denied responsibility. Said it was no longer under warranty. Same response when I called this week, after hearing about recall.

Posted by
Dave Walker
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Got aletter from lexus about recall over 8months with no movement

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