Rear stability concerns prompt action; Toyota Land Cruiser sales unaffected
14 April 2010

Sales of the Lexus GX460 SUV have been suspended in the US after it was branded a safety risk - but sales of the Toyota Land Cruiser on which it is based are not affected.

The Lexus GX460 was tested by American magazine Consumer Reports, which concluded the rear end of the car "slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability-control system was able to regain control."

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Lexus responded by instructing dealers to halt sales of the 2010 model GX460 temporarily, while it investigated the complaint.

“We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to identify and correct the issue Consumer Reports indentified,” Lexus said in a statement released today.

Lexus’ engineering team are currently working to recreate the parameters of the Consumer Reports’ test and have offered a loan car to any current 2010 GX460 owners concerned about the issue.

The Lexus GX460 is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser. However, a Toyota UK spokesman confirmed that the Land Cruiser is unaffected.

Although the GX460 is not available in the UK, it is sold in the US, Middle East, Russia and Australia.

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14 April 2010

"the rear end of the car "slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways"

Try turning the steering wheel

14 April 2010

What we really need to know is there enough time during that slide to phone home to scream then redial to 911 and ask what to do, then say a full prayer before dying.

14 April 2010

A car is either sideways, or straight. What is 'Almost sideways'??!

A wonderful example of how Americans will need all cars banned due to not understanding car control. Toyota/Lexus should develop automatic pilot just to shut them up...

14 April 2010

[quote beachland2]

What we really need to know is there enough time during that slide to phone home to scream then redial to 911 and ask what to do, say a full prayer before dying.

[/quote] Lol. And if by some miracle of Jesus or by the application of a dab of oppo you survive the expererience don't forget to cry your eyes out like a big girl at the government inquest then get the best lawyer in town to ensure you collect your lottery winnings.

Here's a thought if you manage to park the Lexus on its roof does that mean it's a Rollover week :-)

14 April 2010

How about banning the sales of all cars that don't have any stability control?

By the way, the GX460 isn't sold in Oz.

14 April 2010

Welcome to the future.

Stability control was introduced as a "driver's aid" - now it seems it's as fundamental as steering.

Still, suspending sales of this montrosity must be a good thing, it's hideous.

14 April 2010

[quote Autocar]"slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability-control system was able to regain control."[/quote]

Funny really - in a sports car this characteristic would be seen as a positive attribute. Car journos normally complain about over-eager stability control. But then this Consumer Reports lot probably aren't really car journos in the usual sense.

14 April 2010

[quote scrap]

Still, suspending sales of this montrosity must be a good thing, it's hideous.

[/quote]

That's just what I was thinking.

Why is it that in Europe, ugly cars are typically available at the cheaper end of the market whereas in the States, the more you pay the uglier it gets?

14 April 2010

Don't know if this is the actual test or not, but video here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8619777.stm

Looks pretty stable really - spose a curb could upset things - but I guess you wouldn't expect it with the ESP on.

14 April 2010

[quote m_bowl]

Don't know if this is the actual test or not, but video here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8619777.stm

Looks pretty stable really - spose a curb could upset things - but I guess you wouldn't expect it with the ESP on.

[/quote]

I saw the video on Sky and was waiting for something dramatic to happen. I waited a bit longer and nothing.

Seems like a bit more Toyota bashing to me. Some of it was justified to start with but the media seems to be going out of its way to find a story now.

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