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No settlement check issued yet in Nissan class action suit involving melting dashboards

Posted at 9:44 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 19:35:54-04

It's been four months since a Nissan class-action settlement was approved, but car owners are still waiting for their money.

Two years after Brittany Scardino bought her Nissan Altima, she started noticing her dashboard was becoming sticky, shiny, and caused a dangerous glare on her windshield.

"I couldn't see. I almost hit several people in crosswalks, crossing in front of me," said Scardino.

The dash was melting and her Nissan wasn't the only one. Scardino found out about a class action lawsuit and started working with the Gibbs Law Group to file her claim.

She had two options, pay $2,000 up front to repair her car and get reimbursed when the settlement was issued, or file a claim and wait for the settlement check to buy a new dash.

"I put it on my credit card thinking I'll get paid in the next few months, I'll just apply it to my credit card," said Scardino.

But that was almost six months ago. Scardino is working two jobs, a teacher during the day and waiting tables at night just to pay off the dashboard charge.

"My interest rate shot up and now I'm having to pay extra while I wait," she added. "It's not pocket change for me."

The class-action lawsuit was approved in January. Attorneys say once Nissan provides the funds, car owners will be paid, but the months go by and Scardino is worried.

"That I'm not even going to see the money," she added.

WPTV reached a Nissan representative for information on the settlement. A representative is expected to reply on Thursday.