Tags: US | Toyota | Consumer | Reports

Consumer Reports Lifts 'Don't Buy' Rating on Toyota Lexus

Friday, 07 May 2010 07:34 AM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Consumer Reports magazine is lifting a "Don't Buy" recommendation for a Lexus sport utility vehicle that failed an emergency handling test.

The magazine said Friday that the 2010 Lexus GX 460 luxury SUV passed the test after a dealership updated software that runs its electronic stability control system.

Toyota Motor Corp. recalled about 10,000 of the SUVs in the United States in April after the magazine told readers not to buy them. The automaker also stopped selling them.

Consumer Reports said the rear of the GX 460 slid sideways when testers lifted their feet off the gas pedal during a high-speed turn on the magazine's test track. The magazine told readers not to buy the SUV because its rear wheels could slide into a curb or off the pavement, raising the risk of rolling over.

Under normal circumstances, the electronic stability control should quickly correct the loss of control and keep the SUV on its intended path. But with the GX 460, the stability control took too long to react, the magazine's engineers said.

Consumer Reports said it was not aware of any injuries caused by the problem.

The magazine said in a statement that it took the GX-460 it had purchased for the test to a dealership for the software update, then returned to the test track.

"This time, the ESC system intervened earlier and its rear did not slide out in the lift-off oversteer test," the magazine said. "Overall, CR did not experience any safety concerns with the corrected GX 460 in CR's handling tests."

But while the fix made the GX 460's handling secure, Consumer Reports said it is still "ponderous and ungainly," which is typical of traditional body-on-frame SUVs. Automakers have started building SUV-like vehicles called crossovers that handle better because they are built on car underpinnings.

Consumer Reports urged all GX 460 owners to have the recall work done at their dealerships. It said the repairs took about 1 1/2 hours. Dealers received the software fix last week, the magazine said.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Tom Harkin's Last Hurrah: Change Our National Anthem

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 14:07 PM

Retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin spent his final hours in Congress getting his pet peeve off his chest - the national . . .

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Man Sent to Asylum in Gun Case

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 13:38 PM

In a landmark decision, an appeals court has ruled that the federal law preventing a man from owning a gun because he wa . . .

Bernie Kerik: Bring Back US Fugitives 'If Cuba Opens Up'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:48 PM

President Barack Obama's shift in policy on Cuba opens the door for the return of fugitives to the U.S. that fled there  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved