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Lexus Halts GX 460 Sales

Posted on: April 13, 2010

Lexus GX 460

The sales of the new 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV abruptly came to a halt on Tuesday.  Apparently Consumer Reports Magazine warned buyers that the vehicle had a dangerous handling problem that that could lead to a rollover and possibly “serious injury or death”. The handling problem arises if the driver of a Lexus GX 460 S.U.V. eases off the gas pedal while driving quickly through a sharp turn. That causes the rear end of the vehicle to slide toward the outside of the turn, a condition known as trailing throttle or lift-throttle oversteer.  Just hours after the warning was issued Lexus pulled the vehicle off the line. “We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to identify and correct the issue Consumer Reports identified,” Mark S. Templin, the Lexus group vice president and general manager said in a statement.  Lexus fell just short of voluntarily recalling the vehicle.  The car company said that they would provide a loaner car to any concerned customers until the problem is solved.   Allison Takahashi, a Lexus spokeswoman, said the automaker was not aware of any “accidents or incidents related to this condition.”

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