Porsche has agreed to settle with claimants in a class-action lawsuit who say they’ve had to buy pricey polarized sunglasses or take other measures in order to be able to safely drive their cars.
The suit alleges all Porsche models sold between 2007 and 2016 with interiors done in luxor beige, sand beige, cognac, platinum grey, and natural brown are unsafe to drive in sunny weather because those light-coloured dashboard coverings generate excessive windshield reflections or glare.
Porsche, looking to avoid a lengthy legal battle over the ironic fact it’s one of few automakers now to offer its cars with interiors other than black and dark grey, agreed to compensate claimants in the suit for their expenses, whether they be for sunglasses or other measures taken to reduce glare.
Compensation amounts are $175 US for owners and lessees of 2011 thru 2016 models; and $75 US for those driving 2007 to 2010 models. You don’t even have to own the car anymore to qualify: Porsche is paying out $50 US to former owners and lessees.
And to save future Porsche buyers from similar inconvenience, the company has added text to its online car configurator and user manuals laying out the obvious: that light colours reflect light more readily and are more likely to generate glare.
If you’re among the group of Porsche owners who had no choice but to buy polarized sunglasses to go with your car, you have until September 21 to file your claim; all other claims must be submitted by June 25, 2018.
An October 6 hearing will determine whether the settlement is a fair one, and even if it is deemed so, the suit warns there may be appeals and that it could be more than a year before compensation claims are paid. There’s no word on whether special preference will be given to claims for the purchase of shades from the Porsche Design lifestyle catalog.