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 |  May 07 2010, 8:40 AM

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Consumer Reports has removed the “Do Not Buy” label from the Lexus GX460 luxury SUV, announcing that changes made by Lexus to the vehicle’s stability control program have solved the issue that CR initially said could cause a roll over and, therefore, posed a safety risk.

In response to the magazine’s initial test, Lexus halted sale on the GX460 and then recalled all 9,400 models in order to install a reprogrammed stability control program. Lexus has since resumed sales of the GX and has begun to fix recalled vehicles, offering GX460 customers uncomfortable with driving their SUV a loaner until the fix is performed.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Apr 13 2010, 7:20 PM

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Toyota has announced that it will temporarily halt sales of the Lexus GX460 SUV, just hours after Consumer Reports placed the car on its “Do Not Buy” list due to safety concerns. In the latest blow to Toyota’s reputation, the Consumer Reports test showed that during emergency maneuver testing they found the GX to be at risk of a rollover. The truck’s traction control system will allow it to slide almost completely sideways before regaining control of the vehicle.

Earlier today Toyota issued a statement saying it was “concerned” with CR’s results and said it would attempt to replicate the problem. Toyota was also quick to point out that the GX460 “meets or exceeds all federal government testing requirements.”

So far, Toyota has sold roughly 5,000 2010 GX460 models since the new model went on sale. It is not yet clear if Toyota intends to issue a recall for those models.

Back in January Toyota temporarily halted the sale of eight models, including the Camry, Corolla and RAV4 while it searched to find a fix for a sticking accelerator pedal issue.

See after the jump for the Consumer Reports test video of the 2010 Lexus GX460

[Source: The Associated Press]

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 |  Apr 13 2010, 10:46 AM

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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]

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