Purchasing a new vehicle is a decision that few people make on a whim. The price is considerable, and the monthly payments can tip a carefully balanced budget. However, there is nothing like releasing the worry by trading in an unpredictable used car. Additionally, there are few who do not love a new car smell. Unfortunately for some owners of new vehicles, their purchases resulted in one of several auto defect class actions.
Air conditioning in a new car must be of highest standards, especially for those who live in warmer states like California. However, one consumer who recently purchased a Toyota Camry discovered that cranking his air conditioning may have cooled off the car, but it also filled it with a foul odor. He described the odor as funky and old, like mildew. Opening vents and running the heat did nothing to alleviate the smell.
The car owner was not alone. Several other Camry purchasers experienced the noxious odor in their new vehicles and attributed it to mold in the air conditioning systems. In addition to the smell, the consumers worry that they and their passengers are being exposed to potentially toxic mold spores. They have joined the man's lawsuit against Toyota, which is now a class action case.
Apparently, Toyota has dealt with odor issues in their vehicles' air conditioning systems more than once in the past. Customers frequently post questions on the company's message board asking how to get rid of the moldy smell. Toyota has also face several auto defect class actions about the same issue. California consumers with similar issues can seek advice about the best course of action by contacting an attorney with experience in auto defect lawsuits.