Toyota temporarily halts sale of Lexus GX 460 SUV — Los Angeles Times

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Toyota temporarily halts of Lexus GX 460 SUV

The move comes Consumer Reports says the is susceptible to rollover accidents and safety regulators urge to use extra caution in operating it.

We are the situation with the GX 460 very and are determined to identify and correct the Consumer Reports identified, Mark Templin, Lexus vice president. At this we have asked our dealers to suspend sales.

He said Toyota was confident that the GX our high safety standards and the automaker’s engineering teams testing the GX using Consumer parameters to see whether they also detect the problem.

The suspension threatens to further Toyota — and especially its brand, which analysts has largely escaped the image that the automaker suffered its sudden-acceleration-related recalls.

Customers who own the vehicle have the of taking it back to the dealership for a car, he said.

The National Traffic Safety Administration it would review the findings of the test drivers, who said the failed a key emergency-handling test.

The on Tuesday advised drivers of the to use care and caution. Drivers of all should avoid excessive and aggressive maneuvering in order to control of their vehicles, Julia Piscitelli, a spokeswoman for a of the Transportation Department.

The last Consumer Reports — for its independent testing of autos and recommendations — issued a warning was in 2001, when the N.Y. magazine said the of a Mitsubishi Montero Limited was not

The warnings come as Toyota is aggressive financing and lease to regain consumer confidence a series of large recalls and probes into safety The Japanese carmaker has issued 10 million recall notices in recent months for problems to sudden acceleration that it on sticky gas pedals and faulty design as well as braking in some hybrid models.

week the Transportation Department it would seek the maximum fine of $16.4 million Toyota for delays in notifying about defects in its gas pedals.

The is absolutely terrible for Toyota in of trying to rebuild their said Rebecca Lindland, industry analyst at IHS Global

She said it was startling to see such a move from Consumer which for years had regarded products favorably.

Consumer said its testing staff that when pushed to its on a handling course on the magazine’s track, the rear of the Lexus GX out until the vehicle was almost before the vehicle’s electronic system was able to regain All four of the magazine’s test experienced the problem.

The magazine that such a situation happen in real-world driving and it could lead to a rollover

The phenomenon, known as lift-off could occur when a enters a highway’s exit or drives through a sweeping and encounters an unexpected obstacle or finds that the turn is too for the vehicle’s speed, Consumer said.

A natural impulse is to quickly off the accelerator pedal. If that to happen in the GX, the rear could around far enough that a could strike a curb or off the pavement, the magazine said.

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said it would test the SUV to sure that it complies NHTSA’s safety standard for stability control and to understand the results obtained by Consumers Piscitelli said.

The electronic system should prevent the of fishtail event described in the tests, she said.

Consumer which tested a Lexus it had purchased to review, said no SUV it had tested in recent years out as far as the GX 460. It found the same in a second vehicle it obtained to its findings. The Lexus has a $51,970 price.

The magazine’s test drivers tested the Toyota 4Runner. it shares the same platform as the GX, it did not the same problem.

The GX 460 has been on the for about three months and 5,000 vehicles have sold, according to Consumer

The magazine said it was not aware of any or accidents resulting from the flaw.

Generally, Toyota have performed well in Reports tests. A year Consumer Reports recommended 22 of the 25 products it tested.

But because of the recalls, the magazine only 13 of 26 Toyota models year.

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