Consumer Reports Says Lexus GX 460 SUV Not Safe
“When pushed to its limits on a handling course on Consumer Reports’ test track, the rear of the GX that Consumer Reports purchased slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control”, read a statement issued by the magazine. “Consumer Reports believes that in real-world driving, that situation could lead to a rollover accident, which could cause serious injury or death”, it added.
However, the magazine stated that it was not aware of any such reports prior to the test. Consumer Reports magazine conducts this evaluation on every vehicle on test, including 95 SUVs. “No other SUV in recent years slid out as far as the GX 460, including the Toyota 4Runner, which shares the same platform”, the magazine said.
In reply, Toyota officials expressed their concern about Consumer Reports’ test results. “Our engineers conducted similar tests during the development of the new GX and had no issues”, said Joe Tetherow, a spokesman of Toyota Motor Sales USA. He added however that the engineers in Japan had been notified and that the company would try to duplicate the test made by Consumer Reports “to determine if appropriate steps need to be taken”.