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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lexus GX 460 SUV Rollover Risk

Consumer Reports magazine has taken the rare step of giving the Toyota Lexus GX 460 a "Don't Buy" warning due to the risk of SUV rollover. The magazine says that while testing the performance of the luxury SUV, the vehicle slid sideways before the electronic stability control system kicked in on unusual turns. If the vehicle were to hit the curb or the side of the road, it might flip.

The magazine told the roughly 5000 owners of the Lexus to approach exit ramps with caution and to demand a fix from Toyota. Toyota says it is concerned with the Consumer Reports rating, but needs to duplicate the magazine's tests before their engineers can decide if a fix is needed.

The handling test was done on a test track. The driver in the test approaches a turn quickly and releases the accelerator pedal as a driver might do in a real-world situation. This causes the rear wheels to slide. Consumer Reports has tested 95 SUV models, and none of them has slipped as far as the Lexus.

What may be most disconcerting is that the Lexus GX 460, which costs around $52,000, met or exceeded federal government testing requirements.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an SUV rollover, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.

posted by Neil at 7:44 AM

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