Mandurah Coastal Times - - DRIVE WAY -

IF you have a Porsche with a light-coloured dash­board and you live in the US, you might be able to get up to US$175 (AU$220) from Porsche Cars North Amer­ica – so you can buy your­self some de­cent sun­glasses.

In this age of crazy lit­i­ga­tion, four own­ers whose cars had Luxor Beige, Sand Beige, Cognac, Plat­inum Grey or Nat­u­ral Brown dash­boards mounted a class ac­tion against Porsche, claim­ing the dashes were ‘de­fec­tive’ due to ‘the in­ten­sity of re­flected images’.

Porsche de­nied the claims, but to avoid lengthy and costly lit­i­ga­tion vol­un­tary set­tle­ment was reached, with the Ger­man car maker agree­ing to pay plain­tiffs with a 20072016 Porsche with those ‘de­fec­tive’ dashes ‘for out-of-pocket costs in­curred to lessen or min­imise wind­shield re­flec­tion/glare’.

Porsche then pro­duced this bit of sage ad­vice to prospec­tive buy­ers: “Note: Glass is re­flec­tive. “Cer­tain light­ing con­di­tions may cause a lighter color dash­board to pro­duce a no­tice­able re­flec­tion on the in­side of the wind­shield.

“To make cer­tain that you are sat­is­fied with your se­lec­tion, ask your Porsche dealer to ar­range a test drive ex­pe­ri­ence in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing with the use of po­lar­ized sun­glasses.”

Al­ter­na­tively, pick a Porsche with a dash colour other than Luxor Beige, Sand Beige, Cognac, Plat­inum Grey and Nat­u­ral Brown.

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