Lexus GX 460 Sales HALTED: Toyota Responds To ‘Don’t Buy’ Warning From ‘Consumer Reports’

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Lexus GX 460 Sales HALTED: Responds To ‘Don’t Buy’ From ‘Consumer Reports’

Toyota Motor Corp. is halting sales of the 2010 GX 460 after Consumer Reports a rare Don’t Buy warning concerns the large SUV has handling that could cause it to over during sharp

The Japanese automaker said it had asked dealers to temporarily sales of the SUV while it conducts its own on the GX 460.

We are taking the situation the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to and correct the issue Consumer identified, said Mark Lexus vice president and manager.

The decision to stop selling the SUV is the blow to Toyota’s tarnished reputation after the recall of of cars and trucks over gas that are too slow to retract or can become stuck under mats. The GX 460 is not covered by the pedal

But it reflects Toyota’s attempt to more quickly to safety after federal investigators the automaker of dragging its feet on to address the faulty gas pedals. faces a $16.4 million from the Transportation Department and has April 19 to decide whether to the penalty or accept it.

Toyota about 6,000 GX 460s the 2010 model year been sold since the went on sale in late and an estimated 1,600 of the SUVs are at

Consumer Reports is closely by many car buyers before a new car or truck. In January, it pulled its rating on eight vehicles by the automaker due to faulty gas pedals.

The said the Lexus problem during tests on its track. In a test, the driver approached a unusually fast, then the accelerator pedal to simulate the of an alarmed driver. This the rear of the vehicle to slide

In normal cases, the electronic control should quickly the loss of control and keep the SUV on its path. But with the GX 460, the control took too long to which could cause a accident if one of the sliding wheels to strike the curb or another said Gabriel Shenhar, Reports’ senior auto engineer who was one of four testers who the problem.

The magazine said it is not aware of any of the GX 460 rolling over. It tested two vehicles, both of which the problem, but neither rolled

The warning label on the model remain until Toyota the handling issue with the SUV.

Templin said in a he was confident that the GX meets our safety standards and said engineering teams were the GX using Consumer Reports’ parameters. Lexus will a loaner car for any customer who bought a GX 460 and is concerned about driving the Templin said.

Customers who have questions or about the GX 460 can call Lexus at 255-3987.

The Don’t Buy label is to hurt Toyota’s broader since the GX 460 accounts for a fraction of its said Erich Merkle, of the consulting company Autoconomy.com in Rapids, Mich. However, it at an unfortunate time as the automaker to move beyond the recalls.

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I think it will have a impact from a negative-PR than from an actual perspective, Merkle said.

The GX which starts at about is built on the same platform as the 4Runner. However, Consumer said the problem did not occur similar tests on the 4Runner. to Toyota’s Web site, both are about six feet tall but the GX 460 is 3 inches taller.

Consumer said the last vehicle to such a safety warning was the Mitsubishi Montero Limited, a SUV. In that case, said the wheels lifted off the during standard avoidance-maneuver which also posed a risk.

At the time, Mitsubishi disputed the findings and did not make any modifications to the Mitsubishi spokesman Dan Irvin The designation appeared to have effect on the Montero’s sales, increased overall during the half of 2001.

The Montero on sale in the U.S. until and continues to be sold overseas as the Pajero.

Toyota shares in the U.S. fell 52 cents to

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AP Auto Writer Dan Strumpf from New York.

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