Does your Camry's AC smell bad?
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Does Your Toyota Camry's AC Smell Moldy? Here's What may be Causing the Smell

A new lawsuit sheds some light on why some Toyota Camry cars have smelly AC.

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A lawsuit against Toyota by owners of Camry cars claims that Toyota improperly designed the air conditioning system causing bad smells. The crux of the matter is a design which allows bead bugs, leaves and other organic matter to collect and stay moist, causing mold to grow and thus results in smells.

The lawsuit against Toyota was detailed by the publication CarComplaints. The publication has a section where owners go to report issues they have with their cars. In 2010, an owner with the username redeitze wrote in. The post explains the problem, saying, "The smell is terrible and the windows are fogged up on the inside every time I get into the car. The Toyota dealer wants $8,000 to demold the interior of the car and for me to authorize seven hours of labor just for them to find the problem! I cannot afford to spend this much money on a car that is almost five years old. I have read about others having a similar problem. Toyota should step up to the plate and provide me with another vehicle as I cannot afford to purchase another brand-new car." Clearly the mold issue is not just a minor issue.

The lawsuit is filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. A judge found that Toyota knew of the problem and even created technical service bulletins detailing the issue. Claimants even showed a manual which mentioned the potential problem. This evidence and more convinced the judge to allow the lawsuit to move forward.

Those owners interested in this class action suit should contact Captsone Law APC of Los Angeles, California.

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"...Toyota knew of the problem and even created technical service bulletins detailing the issue." Usually, a TSB solves the problem. Not in this case?