When it rains it pours, and that’s certainly what’s been going on for Toyota Motor Corp when it comes to bad PR. In the midst of the automaker’s current recall crisis, it is now being faced with an issue that’s sure to put the brakes (pun intended) on sales of one of its models. According to a report by Automotive News, Consumer Reports has now listed the new 2010 Lexus GX460 on its infamous “Do Not Buy” list. The reason, says CR is that during its testing they found the GX to be at risk of a rollover. Apparently the truck’s traction control system will allow it to slide almost completely sideways before regaining control of the vehicle.
In a statement, Toyota has said that it is “concerned” with CR‘s results. “Our engineers conduct similar tests and we feel these procedures provide a good indication of how our vehicles will perform in the real-world; however, we will try to duplicate the Consumer Reports’ test to determine if appropriate steps need to be taken.”
Toyota is also quick to point out that the GX460 “meets or exceeds all federal government testing requirements.”
Interestingly, CR found no such issues with the mechanically similar Toyota 4Runner.
See the Consumer Reports video highlighting the issue after the jump:
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]