Dashboards a sticky situation for some Nissan drivers
When the sun pops out, Kay Samson pops open her sun shade.
"I love this car," she said.
She wants it to last for years. She event spent extra money to tint the car's windows in an effort to keep it nice longer.
Yet, the dashboard of this sporty car has soft, sticky spots.
"I've lived in South Florida for 26 years," Samson said. "I've never, never, ever seen a melting car."
Anne Bourgeois hasn't either.
"It's very sticky, so it looks unsightly and it's difficult to clean," Bourgeois said.
When the sun hits the sticky surface, a shiny safety issue stares back at drivers.
Bourgeois complained on Nissan's Facebook page where there are hundreds of comments.
"In order for me to drive I have to lean down a little bit an go right between the two glare spots," she said.
Samson reported the danger to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but she's one of only 12 Nissan drivers to complain.
According to a Nissan service manager, the sun is shining on the dashboard and that's causing a chemical reaction with the glue underneath. But, the manufacturer says the problem is so limited they don't know what's causing the melting.
Owners of other car brands - such as Toyota, Lexus and Mazda are also complaining to the government.
Nissan won't pay for a new dashboard for these drivers even though the car maker has for others.
A replacement dashboard is $1,500, a big price tag drivers don't want to pay.
But, their solutions lead to an even bigger,stickier mess.
Samson's sun shade is full of black sticky spots, and more are added every time she sticks her sun shade in the windshield.
"If anybody else has this problem they need to say something," she said.
In a written statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency is aware of the situation and will continue to monitor complaints. They not identified a safety defect trend that would warrant further action at this time.