Does Nissan Have a Melting Dashboard Problem?
Published February 11, 2016
You have probably seen Jeff Ostroff's extensive reporting on Lexus and Toyota cracked dashboards. After discovering the defect Lexus and Toyota extended a special warranty to owners experiencing the issue to replace the dashboards for free. It has been a very long wait for many people but they are taking care of it, slowly but surely.
We recently received a picture that indicates Nissan may have a similar material defect problem. The photo below shows a 2009 Nissan Altima. The dashboard looks like somebody hit it with a blowtorch!
While this car is in Florida, the sun shouldn't do this after 20 years, let alone seven. I had a 1997 Mustang that spent at least 8 years parked outside and the dashboard looked the same when I sold it as it did when I bought it new. It was exposed to the same elements as this Altima. If a mid level Ford car doesn't have any problem with the climate, a Nissan shouldn't either.
We want to find out if this is a rare problem and the owner of this vehicle was just unlucky or if there is a problem with the materials used in the manufacturing process. If you own a 2006 or newer Nissan and have seen evidence of a similar problem please let us know in the comments below or email us. Once you let us know you have seen a similar issue, we will contact you to get pictures. If we find a large number of people having similar issues, we will contact Nissan.
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