May 8, 2010 |
Hey, Lexus drivers, remember that red flag a few weeks ago? No, not about sticky gas pedals. The one from Consumer Reports about your SUV possibly flipping over? Well, fear not. The consumer watchdog magazine declared Friday that Toyota Motor Co. had sufficiently remedied the situation. "This time, the [electronic stability control] system intervened earlier and its rear did not slide out in the lift-off oversteer test," Consumer Reports said, adding that its engineers didn't "experience any safety concerns" with the updated vehicles.
April 29, 2010 |
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that it had resumed sales of its Lexus GX 460 SUV, having suspended them to fix a glitch in the vehicle's stability-control system. The automaker also said it had begun contacting U.S. owners of the 2010 GX to arrange to update the software that controls the system in their vehicles. The problem does not affect earlier models. Earlier this month, Toyota had said it would recall 9,400 Lexus GX 460 SUVs from the 2010 model year to correct a problem that could lead to a loss of control.
April 15, 2010 |
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that it had begun testing its entire lineup of SUVs after Consumer Reports magazine warned Lexus GX 460 owners that the vehicle could be prone to rolling over. Engineers in Japan, where Toyota is based, will study all of its sport utility vehicles on test tracks there, the company said. In addition to Lexus SUVs, Toyota will be checking the stability-control system for models such as the 4Runner and the Highlander. The automaker stopped selling and began testing the Lexus model just hours after the influential buyer's guide placed the vehicle on its do-not-buy list.
April 14, 2010 |
The swift reaction by Toyota Motor Corp. to suspend sales of one of its upscale Lexus sport utility vehicles after it failed a Consumer Reports safety test illustrates how sensitive the auto industry has become in the wake of a series of large recalls in recent months.
April 13, 2010 |
Toyota Motor Corp. halted sales of a Lexus luxury SUV on Tuesday after a warning by Consumer Reports magazine that the vehicle was a safety risk. Toyota's decision to temporarily pull the 2010 model year Lexus GX 460 SUV from dealership showrooms also came after federal safety regulators responded to the magazine's findings by warning drivers to take extra caution when operating the vehicle. Consumer Reports had put the SUV on its "do not buy" list because of a potential rollover risk.
March 5, 2003 |
When you stop to refuel after a few hours on the road and must break a $100 bill, you begin to wonder whether it would have been cheaper to fly. My adventure took place in a new-for-2003 Lexus GX 470 sport utility vehicle, an addition to Toyota's luxury division. The GX was added to provide a $45,000 model, so owners of the $35,000 Lexus RX 300 had a vehicle to move up to without having to climb all the way to the $63,000 Lexus LX 470. The GX 470 is built on a 109.8-inch wheelbase and is 188.