NHTSA administrator David Strickland told reporters that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is aggressively investigating safety concerns raised by a Consumer Reports’ on the Lexus GX 460 SUV.
After Consumer Reports issued a rare “Don’t Buy” recommendation after it found rollover concerns during a test of the Lexus GX 460, Toyota suspended sales of the model worldwide and said that it is testing every SUV in its lineup.
“Toyota has clearly made a determination independently that this is a defect that may have an impact on safety so they made the decision to stop sale,” Strickland said “At that point, that is legally the right thing to do.”
While Toyota hasn’t announced plans to recall the luxury SUV, Strickland said the agency is aggressively investigating whether the model meets federal safety standards, and is inspecting the very vehicle that Consumer Reports tested.
“We should probably be getting answers on that very soon,” Strickland said. “We’ve made no decisions.”
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News