Consumer Reports: Lexus GX460 a Safety Risk

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Consumer Reports is urging readers not to buy the Lexus GX460, saying the SUV carries an unusually high risk of a rollover accident during certain types of turns.

In this undated product image from Toyota Motors Corp., the 2010 Lexus GX460 is shown. Consumer Reports said Tuesday, April 13, 2010, it has given the Lexus GX460 a rare "Don't Buy" warning, saying a problem that occurred during routine handling tests could lead the SUV to roll over in real-world driving.(AP Photo/Toyota Motors Corp.) ** NO SALES **

NEW YORK (AP) - Consumer Reports is urging readers not to buy the Lexus GX460, saying the SUV carries an unusually high risk of a rollover accident during certain types of turns.

In the latest blow to Toyota's reputation, the magazine says in handling tests, the seven-seat SUV slid until it was nearly sideways before the electronic stability control system regained control.

It says this could lead to a rollover accident in real-world driving and has given the GX460 a rare "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" label until the problem is fixed.

The magazine says among 95 SUVs tested, no other SUV slid as far as the GX460.

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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