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Toyota suffers another blow after consumer reports deem Lexus GX 460 unsafe

In a major development, Toyota has put the sale of Lexus GX 460 on hold. This step has been taken after consumer reports affixed a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk, " warning for the model. This would be a major blow to the Japanese car maker who already has a recent history of recall of 8.5 million vehicles behind them. The news has pulled down the Toyota stock by 14%.


Toyota has reacted to the reports of Lexus GX 460 warning immediately by suspending the sales of its model in the US. In addition to this they have also addressed the concern of the owners of 2010 Lexus GX 460. The concerned customers will be provided a loaner car until the issue is resolved." At this time we have asked our dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the 2010 GX 460." Toyota confirmed.


The consumer reports have deemed the Toyota Lexus GX 460 as unsafe due to an increased roll over risk during taking turns. The fault was observed during the standard emergency-handling tests by the organization’s testers. Explaining the issue in detail, the report said "When pushed to its limits on our track’s handling course, the rear of the GX we bought slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control.”


The consumer reports pointed out that during the testing of Lexus GX 460, the electronic stability control system did not act fast enough. An Electronic stability control is responsible of detecting and minimizing skids on the basis of a computerized technology. Its accurate functioning is utmost important to maintain the safety of the vehicle and its users. Any lapse in its functioning would endanger the lives of those using the vehicle as a result of a rollover. There have not been any reports of such accidents so far.


In response to the consumer report on Lexus GX 460 Toyota asserted that there were no such faults observed during Toyota’s testing. They would however try and replicate the test conditions that led to this safety warning and take appropriate action if required. The carmaker reiterated that consumer safety was of utmost importance to them and that they have taken a serious note of the consumer report test results. "Please keep in mind that the 2010 GX 460 meets or exceeds all Federal Government test requirements". Toyota commented.