Consumer Reports has given the Lexus GX460 a rare "Don't Buy" warning in yet another blow to Toyota's reputation. Lexus GX 460 SUV may be unsafe and is advising car shoppers not to buy it.
During a test of how the SUV handled unusual turns, the driver approaches a turn unusually fast, then releases the accelerator pedal to simulate a typical driver's response. This causes the rear of the vehicle to slide.
In normal cases, the vehicle's electronic stability control should quickly correct the loss of control. However, Shenhar said in the case of the GX460, the stability control took too long to adjust, causing a risk of rolling over.
"When pushed to its limits on a handling course on Consumer Reports' test track, the rear of the GX that Consumer Reports purchased slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control," the magazine said in a statement.
In real world driving, that situation could lead to a rollover accident, which could cause serious injury or death.
"In a real world situation, by that time, the car can hit the curb or the side of the road and that's the situation where, in a vehicle like that, it could cause it to roll over," said Gabriel Shenhar, senior auto test engineer at Consumer Reports, who was one of four testers to experience the problem.
As a result, the magazine has given the seven-seat SUV a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" label until the problem is fixed.
Toyota officials said they were concerned by Consumer Reports' test results and investigate the problem
"Our engineers conducted similar tests during the development of the new GX and had no issues," said Joe Tetherow, a spokesman at Toyota Motor sales USA in Torrance, Calif.
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