As you may recall from THIS story and video Consumer Reports recently hustled a 2010 Lexus GX 460 around a curve and found that the Lexus has a tendency to oversteer during in-corner throttle lift.
In other words, the back end of the SUV skids around the turn too much before the stability controls brings it under control.
Reports says that this is a "safety risk" as the Lexus could potentially hit a curb and even flip over.
"We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are
determined to identify and correct the issue Consumer Reports
identified," said Mark Templin, Lexus vice president and general
According to the AP:
"Toyota said Tuesday it had asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales
of the SUV while it conducts its own tests on the GX 460. About 6,000
GX 460s from the 2010 model year have been sold since the vehicle went
on sale in late December, and an estimated 1,600 of the SUVs are at
The carmaker issued the temporary "stop sale" within
hours after the popular consumer magazine raised the handling problem.
It reflects Toyota's attempt to respond more quickly to safety concerns
after being castigated by the federal government for dragging its feet
on recalls to address faulty gas pedals."
Lexus says that for its part it will give loaner cars to anyone who purchased a 2010 GX 460 and it worried about driving the SUV until a solution can be found.
We can only guess that Consumer Reports isn't a fan of seventies
Holllywood car chase movies as THIS
video demonstrates because tire screeching back-end burnout out turns
seemed to be the way that most seventies cars (at least in movies) went
for reviews of other traditional big SUVs.