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Fix for Lexus GX 460 expected "shortly"

Consumer Reports News: April 16, 2010 02:58 PM

According to a Toyota spokesman, the company expects to have a remedy available soon that will fix the GX 460’s handling problem that our auto-test engineers experienced in one of Consumer Reports' standard emergency handling tests.

In an e-mail sent this morning, the spokesman said, “TMC (Toyota Motor Corporation) engineers have duplicated the condition discovered by Consumer Reports and are evaluating remedies. We expect to have a modification in place shortly.”

Consumer Reports is glad to see Toyota moving aggressively to address this issue and protect the safety of consumers. And we look forward to the remedy becoming available soon for the thousands of GX 460s in owners’ hands.

Meanwhile, while attending the 2010 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit, David Strickland, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reaffirmed that the agency will be evaluating the GX 460’s electronic stability control system. “My compliance staff is going to take a look at several of these vehicles, including the test vehicle that was used at Consumer Reports,” he said. Strickland added that the agency will “run our electronic stability control test that we use as part of our compliance standard and we’ll see if the Lexus does actually meet the compliance standard. If it does not, we’ll make decisions after that.” The GX was not originally in NHTSA’s evaluation plan.

Also read:
Lexus GX 460 passes retest; Consumer Reports lifts "Don't Buy" label
Recall: Lexus to update 2010 GX 460 stability control software
Lexus resumes sale of 2010 Lexus GX 460
Toyota tests more SUVs to assess safety risk, suspends GX sales overseas
Q&A: Consumer Reports on the Lexus GX 460 test
Toyota stops sale of 2010 Lexus GX 460 after Consumer Reports safety alert
Don't Buy: Safety Risk--2010 Lexus GX 460

Rik Paul
   

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