In yet another blow to Toyota’s safety reputation, Consumer Reports has placed the 2010 Lexus GX 460 on its “Do Not Buy” list for its increased risk of rollover during turns. Toyota has followed suit by halting sales on the model.
“During testing, the Consumer Reports crew found that the traction control on the GX would allow the vehicle to slide nearly completely sideways before getting everything in line,” explains Autoblog.
Consumer Reports writes: “We believe that in real-world driving, that situation could lead to a rollover accident, which could cause serious injury or death. We are not aware, however, of any such reports.” The magazine is urging shoppers to steer clear of the Lexus GX 460 until the problem is resolved.
“We’re in the process of testing the 2010 Lexus GX460 SUV to ensure it complies with NHTSA’s safety standard for electronic stability control (ESC), and to understand better the results obtained by Consumers Union (CU) reported today. It is our belief that ESC should prevent the kind of fishtail event described in CU’s tests.” Consumer Union owns Consumer Reports.
Toyota, which is already facing steep fines for its delayed response to dangerous accelerator pedal issues in many of its best-selling vehicles, has taken quick action.
According to the Associated Press: “Toyota said Tuesday it had asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the SUV while it conducts its own tests on the GX 460. About 6,000 GX 460s from the 2010 model year have been sold since the vehicle went on sale in late December, and an estimated 1,600 of the SUVs are at dealerships.”
In a company press release, Toyota stated: “We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to identify and correct the issue Consumer Reports identified.” Toyota also said that they will provide a “loaner car” to any customer wary of driving his/her Lexus GX 460.
While Lexus is a luxury brand of Toyota, the GX 460 was not named in the company’s highly-publicized accelerator pedal recall. For more information on that issue, see our Toyota recalls page.