Lexus GX460 concerns prompt safety checks on all SUVs
15 April 2010

Toyota will carry out safety tests on its entire SUV range following reports in a leading US magazine that the Lexus GX460 is a “safety risk”.

Consumer Reports magazine branded the big Lexus, which based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, as unsafe after the car’s electronic stability system failed to stop the car sliding in testing.

Sales of the Lexus GX460 were immediately suspended, initially in the United States and then in the other markets where it is sold, which include Russia, Australia and the Middle East.

According to reports on the Reuters news agency, the company then announced it would conduct tests on the stability control systems of all its SUVs, including the Land Cruiser and RAV4. This is despite both Consumer Reports and Toyota saying that the Land Cruiser is safe.

Toyota has not yet taken the step of recalling the GX460, but spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said such a move could not be ruled out.

"There is no way of recalling a car - voluntarily or otherwise - unless we find something wrong with the car, and we haven't done that yet. It's premature to talk about any recall steps at this point," she said.

The negative publicity for the Lexus GX460 could not have come at a worse time for Toyota, as it planned to launch the SUV in China at the Beijing Auto Show.

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15 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Consumer Reports magazine branded the big Lexus, which based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, as unsafe after the car’s electronic stability system failed to stop the car sliding in testing.......The negative publicity for the Lexus GX460 could not have come at a worse time for Toyota, as it planned to launch the SUV in China at the Beijing Auto Show.[/quote] How co-incidental can this be ? Some elements in America seem to want to crucify Toyota by raising scares that are ultimately unproven, and of course go unreported as much as the original claims. Many Americans just cannot bear the thought of a foreign company being better than their home-grown products. Smear and inuendo are often more effective weapons than the truth, unfortunately.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

15 April 2010

I think the Americans need to learn how to drive properly and stop relying on electronic safety. I have seen the video and there seems nothing wrong with it other than the car looks like the ESP doesn't work. Lets face it, plenty of cars don't have ESP at all and would perform a similar slide in the same extreme circumstances.

This is America being anti Toyota, and the downfall of Toyota in the USA will result in the loss of tens of thousands of American jobs.

The upside for us is that the Yanks might buy a few more Range Rovers instead and thats good news for Solihull!

15 April 2010

The video looks like a scene from Kojak ;o)

15 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Consumer Reports magazine branded the big Lexus, which based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, as unsafe after the car’s electronic stability system failed to stop the car sliding in testing.[/quote]

Are we to conclude that other manufacturers have overcome the basic laws of physics then?

PaulJ

15 April 2010

anyone that drives a big 4x4 on real road conditions should get his/her head checked

15 April 2010

I'd like to see how other brands compare with the Toyotas's performance.

Just think this is further evidence of Toyota bashing in the US in self promotion of their own manufacturers.

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