Consumer Reports’ revealing comments regarding the Lexus GX 460 has caught the attention of a lot of people and Toyota - Lexus’ parent company - is doing its part to quell the sparks before it becomes a full-blown fire. The reason? Let’s face it, if there’s one car brand that doesn’t need any more bad publicity, it’s Toyota.
After putting the hammer down on the safety risks that come with the GX 460 SUV, including the alarmingly high amount of oversteer that could potentially cause the vehicle to roll over, Consumer Reports has officially included the GX 460 in its notoriously infamous "Do Not Buy" list.
As can be expected, that didn’t sit quite well with Toyota so they had no choice, but to order the suspension of sales of the luxury SUV until further notice.
Mark Templin, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager, said: "At this time we have asked our dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the 2010 GX 460."
For now, Lexus engineers are trying to use the same testing methods that Consumer Reports used to identify the problems CR found on their own testing.
Just when Toyota seems to have made some progress on the grave they dug themselves earlier this year, here comes another black eye for a car brand that obviously didn’t need another one at this critical point in their brand’s history. It has come to the point when even the mention of the brand’s name brings on a series of head-lowering, disapproving shaking responses.