Toyota suspends sales of Lexus 2010 GX 460

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Toyota Motor Co. is suspending sales of its Lexus 2010 GX 460 and conducting safety tests worldwide on all of its sport-utility vehicles, amid concerns the pricey SUV could roll over at high speeds.

The safety tests come after Consumer Reports slapped a rare "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" on the GX 460. Not that you'd realize sales are suspended by looking at the Lexus website, which makes nary a mention of the unfortunate fact the car is not for sale for at least the next nine days. But if you click through to Toyota's official news releases, you come across this:

From Mark Templin, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager:

"For more than 20 years, Lexus has made customer safety and satisfaction our highest priorities. We are taking the situation with the GX 460 very seriously and are determined to identify and correct the issue Consumer Reports identified. At this time we have asked our dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the 2010 GX 460.
Lexus' extensive vehicle testing provides a good indication of how our vehicles perform and we are confident that the GX meets our high safety standards. Our engineering teams are vigorously testing the GX using Consumer Reports' specific parameters to identify how we can make the GX's performance even better.
For any customer who has purchased a 2010 GX 460 and is concerned about driving their vehicle, we will provide a loaner car until a remedy is available."

The Lexus starts at $50,000 and has sold 5,400 units in the U.S. in the four months it has been on the market. The sales suspension follows a recall of 8 million Toyota vehicles worldwide due to unintended acceleration problems.


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