Toyota to temporarily halt sales of Lexus GX460

Posted April 13, 2010 at 5:46 p.m.

Lexus-Two-Web.jpgA red 2010 Lexus GX460 at a Maine dealership, with other Lexus vehicles behind it. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

Associated Press | Toyota says it will temporarily stop selling the Lexus GX460 after Consumer Reports said the SUV carried an unusually high risk of a rollover accident during certain types of turns.

In the latest blow to Toyota’s reputation, the Japanese automaker says it will suspend sales of the SUV while it conducts its own testing.

Consumer Reports says in handling tests the seven-seat SUV slid until it
was nearly sideways before the electronic stability control system
regained control.

The magazine says this could lead to a rollover
accident in real-world driving. It gave the GX460 a rare “Don’t Buy:
Safety Risk” label until the problem is fixed.

Toyota has sold
about 5,000 GX460s in the three months since it went on sale. It is not
covered by Toyota’s faulty gas-pedal recalls.


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