Toyota is wasting no time in halting sales of its Lexus GX 460 SUV after a troubling Consumer Reports release included a rare “Do Not Buy” rating for the vehicle.
At issue in the review is a condition where the back end of the vehicle is likely to slide into a curve if the driver decreases acceleration while turning a corner. Auto experts call this “trailing throttle oversteer,” and it can lead to a dangerous rollover situation.
When the company learned of Monday’s announcement by Consumer Reports, it quickly halted all sales of the 2010 vehicle worldwide. Toyota has admitted that the spin issue is a problem, and executives say they hope to isolate the cause soon.
The quick action earned Toyota words of support from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration via its president, David Strickland, who said that the agency would look into the problem.
The current safety issue for the GX 460 comes in the wake of a huge recall of the majority of Toyota’s cars and trucks in which the company has had to recall over 8.5 million vehicles. The NHTSA is still involved in trying to fine the company over a million dollars for what it sees as a late and improper response to the first reports of what Toyota drivers experienced called “sudden or unintended acceleration” in which some drivers were unable to stop their Toyotas normally. The company has started to deliver fixes for the issue, but there’s a growing controversy over whether the problem is mechanical as Toyota execs have suggested or whether the electronic throttle system in Toyota vehicles caused it, something critics have claimed and Toyota officials roundly rejected, at least initially.
The new problem with the GX 460, which shares its frame with the Toyota 4Runner, underscores the idea that some specific safety risks apply to this category of vehicle. Automotive vehicles like the Toyota and Lexus SUVs have a higher center of gravity than sedans and personal cars, making them more vulnerable to a range of rollover situations.
Drivers of Toyota vehicles in general and Toyota SUVs in particular are looking at their best course of action for dealing with the wide-reaching Toyota recalls. While some are wary of continuing to drive their Toyotas, for many, ceasing to use them entirely is not practical. The sudden acceleration issue has already led to dozens of fatalities and many more injuries, leaving some Toyota owners unsure about their options.
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