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Consumer Reports Says GX 460 Is Unsafe

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announced Tuesday evening it would temporarily stop the Lexus GX 460 while it conducts its own of the sport utility vehicle. in the day, Consumer Reports had said that the GX carried an high risk of a rollover during certain types of and issued a rare “don’t warning, citing a handling that could lead to a and possibly “serious injury or

A “don’t buy” warning is for the magazine, but there was no doubt it was said David Champion, the director of the Consumer Reports test division. The litmus was whether the testers would their families in the vehicle. The was no, he said, so “I wouldn’t want else in it.”

The handling arises if the driver takes his off the gas pedal while driving through a sharp turn. causes the rear end of the vehicle to toward the outside of the turn, a known as “trailing-throttle” or “lift-throttle On dozens of other S.U.V.’s by the magazine, the vehicles’ electronic control system detected and stopped the slide. But the stability didn’t stop the GX 460 until it was sideways, Mr. Champion said.

“This is the first time we seen it in an S.U.V. with he said, referring to electronic control. Consumer Reports it was “rare” for the magazine to “judge a performance not acceptable.” The last was with the 2001 Mitsubishi Limited in 2001.

Lexus, luxury car division, said it was by the magazine’s results since it its own tests, and safety is a top priority. But said “we will take a serious look at this and Consumer Reports’ bringing it to our

The magazine’s action is another problem for Toyota, a company probably figured public couldn’t get any worse.

In addition to about unintended acceleration and brakes, there have been questions whether the automaker was prompt in problems to federal safety Most recently the federal said it was seeking a $16.4 fine, accusing the automaker of not quickly enough. The automaker it is “considering a response.”


Mr. Champion that the problem came to at the magazine’s test track in Haddam, Conn. while for “any nasty habits might catch a driver He explained, “We want a car to be benign.”

The test that concerned the involves a turn that gets sharper. The driver at about 60 miles per hour and as if surprised, lifts off the gas. the electronic stability control stop a slide caused by maneuver, allowing the vehicle to complete the turn.

Four of the magazine’s drivers the Lexus without being to watch one another or to compare Mr. Champion said. They met and discovered each had a similar with the tail sliding too “It was like ‘whoa, what that rear end!’ ” he

He added that technicians Toyota later inspected the and found it met factory specifications. The anonymously buys its test rather than borrowing from automakers.

Mr. Champion such a problem could in everyday driving. For example, a heading quickly through a — like a highway off-ramp — who the turn is sharper than would naturally lift off the he said. The danger, he said, is during such a slide vehicles like S.U.V.’s are tripped by curbs or soft potentially causing a rollover.

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The with the Lexus is that the stability control doesn’t well, Mr. Champion said. design is too slow to correct the before you are too far gone.”

In its statement Lexus complained the magazine did not demonstrate the problem for its However, Mr. Champion said when the officials visited the it was raining hard, which have  made an apples-to-apples impossible. But, he said, showed the Lexus officials a of their earlier tests.

Mr. said electronic stability used on other Lexus and models have always quickly to stop slides, so the on the GX 460 was surprising. The new Toyota 4Runner, uses the same basic as the Lexus, was tested the same day and did not the problem, he said.

“I think it is a calibration issue of the electronic control,” Mr. Champion said.

before its “not acceptable” of the 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Consumer Reports had locked with automakers over the of S.U.V.’s.

In 1996, it said the 1995-96 Trooper and the mechanically similar Acura SLX could roll during quick turns at low Isuzu filed a lawsuit Consumers Union with disparagement and defamation, but a jury in District Court in Los Angeles that although Consumer had made false statements the Trooper, it had not defamed and disparaged Motors.

A better-known case, the small Suzuki Samurai dragged on for eight years Suzuki and Consumers Union in 2004 to settle their dispute over the magazine’s of the Samurai’s propensity to roll Neither the company nor Consumer admitted fault and neither monetary compensation, though the agreed to release a “clarification” its description of the Samurai’s performance limited to the severe turns” in the tests and “may have misconstrued and misunderstood.” Consumers “never intended to state or that the Samurai easily over in routine driving,” the said.

The article in dispute was published in an issue of Consumer Reports in a year after the Samurai was the article was based on testing in 1988.

The case eventually the United States Supreme which in 2003 refused Union’s appeal of a lower ruling requiring the organization to trial in the product disparagement brought by Suzuki.

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