Cartwright Law News
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Products Liability
Employment Law
Nursing Home Abuse

Prius windshield causes ‘ghosting effect,’ could distract drivers

Defective products are always scary for consumers; but they are even more frightening when they involve a motor vehicle. Car manufacturers need to ensure that their processes are as fail-proof as can be; and makers of motor vehicle equipment need to use quality materials and methods to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and others on the road.

If manufacturers are negligent in any way, or if they skirt accepted protocols to employ cost-cutting-yet dangerous protocols, then they open themselves up for liability. Victims of car accidents that suspect their vehicle was defective — or if an investigation reveals a defective aspect to their vehicle that directly contributed to the crash — can seek legal action against the negligent manufacturer.

This is important to consider when you hear about a defective windshield on the Toyota Prius, specifically for models from 2010 to 2012.

Toyota says they have received numerous complaints about the windshields, which create a “ghosting effect” with lights. Many drivers cited the issue happening at night, with taillights and traffic lights displaying in threes: the actual light showing in the center, and two “ghost” lights with one appearing above and one appearing below the actual light. As the car gets closer to the light, these three images merge.

Clearly, something is wrong with the windshield — maybe the material is low quality, or the angle of the windshield is creating distorted images. But in any case, it causes huge problems for the driver. The ghosting effect could make it difficult for a driver to see pedestrians; or it could disorient the driver, making them more likely to cause an accident.

Source: ABC 7 News, “Potential safety hazard in popular car,” Michael Finney, Feb. 27, 2013

Our Office Locations
San Francisco Office

222 Front Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-433-0444

Fax: 415-433-0449

Go To Map
Vacaville Office

419 Mason Street, Suite 207
Vacaville, CA 95688

Phone: 707-901-3020

Fax: 415-433-0449

Go To Map
Discovery Bay Office

2465 Discovery Bay Blvd.,
Suite 300 Discovery Bay, CA 94505

Phone: 925-265-4009

Fax: 415-433-0449

Go To Map
Santa Rosa Office

703 2nd Street, Suite 119
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Phone: 707-266-7540

Fax: 415-433-0449

Go To Map