Consumer Reports says Lexus GX 460 has a rollover risk

It doesn’t seem like the folks at Consumer Reports and Toyota are getting along. About two months ago, the publication took away its “╦ťrecommended” status for the eight Toyota vehicles included in the recent wave of recalls. Today, Consumer Reports has issued a safety warning on the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV because of an increased risk of the vehicle rolling over during a turn.

The publication said it uncovered the problem during one of its routine tests and urges car shoppers to not purchase the SUV until the problem has been fixed. It gave the Lexus GX 460 a rating of “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk,” which is rarely given by the magazine. The first time that rating was used was in 2001 on the Mitsubishi Montero Limited.

“We”re concerned with the results of Consumer Reports testing on the Lexus GX 460 and their suggested buyer recommendation,” Lexus said in a statement. “Our engineers conduct similar tests and we feel these procedures provide a good indication of how our vehicles will perform in the real-world; however, we will try to duplicate the Consumer Reports” test to determine if appropriate steps need to be taken.”

Lexus went on to say: “Please keep in mind that the 2010 GX 460 meets or exceeds all federal government testing requirements. Customer safety and satisfaction remain our highest priorities. We take the Consumer Reports” test results seriously and appreciate Consumer Reports bringing it to our attention.”

Around 5,000 units of the Lexus GX 470 have been sold in the three months the SUV has been on sale.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: CNNMoney