Toyota announces planned recall of Lexus GX 460 SUV

posted on:
April 19, 2010

author:
KURT NILAND

Toyota announced it will recall about 9,400 model-year 2010 Lexus GX 460s to reprogram the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), which is typically referred to outside of Toyota as electronic stability control (ECS). The decision to recall the sport utility vehicles follows a global sales and production suspension announced last week, triggered by a Consumer Reports “don’t buy” warning.

Consumer Reports issued the warning after repeated tests confirmed the vehicle performed poorly in routine emergency handling tests. During the “lift-off oversteer” test, in which the driver makes a sweeping curve and abruptly removes his foot from the accelerator, CR test drivers found the vehicles could swing out and spin about 90 degrees before the Vehicle Stability Controls kicked in. The GX 460s are also top heavy, making them especially prone to roll over.

“Our engineers have conducted tests to confirm the VSC performance issue raised by Consumer Reports, and we are confident this VSC software update addresses the concern,” Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America, said in a statement.

Mark Templin, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager, said today that recall repairs will begin soon.

“Today, I’m happy to announce that we have developed a remedy that will be quickly implemented to help address customer concerns. We will be voluntarily recalling all 2010 GX 460s that have been sold in order to update the Vehicle Stability Control system. We will begin implementing this program in the next two weeks and our dealers will be reaching out to customers shortly to set up appointments to make this modification,” Templin said in a statement.

In a notification to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota acknowledged the defect and said the electronic stability controls failed to work properly because of “the gentle yaw rate level generated by the model’s high-performance suspension system.”

 

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