Just when Toyota’s massive recall had become old news, Consumer Reports adds fuel to a simmering fire by declaring Toyota’s Lexus GX 460 a “don’t buy”. Consumer Reports stated that the driver while in an alarmed state “the rear of the GX we bought slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control.”
Electronic stability control provides technology that improves the vehicles stability that detects and minimizes skids by automatically applying the brakes to help direct the vehicle in the path that the driver intended thus reducing accidents in which the driver had initially lost control.
Mark Templin, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager, maintains that for the last 20 years Lexus has held the highest standards on consumer safety and satisfaction. Lexus is taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously. To better determine and correct the issue Consumer Reports reported, Lexus is asking the dealers to temporarily suspend the sales of any GX 460 until corrected.
This coming after the late January recall of 8 million Toyota vehicles experiencing issues regarding the gas pedal and floor mats sticking. Toyota sales had already slumped from the previous year plunged even more due to the massive recall along with quality assurance that once was associated hand in hand with the brand. It is not determined how much more financially the manufacture can expect to lose.
Templin said “Lexus’ extensive vehicle testing provides a good indication of how our vehicles perform and we are confident that the GX meets our high safety standards. Our engineering teams are vigorously testing the GX using Consumer Reports’ specific parameters to identify how we can make the GX performance even better.”