The influential Consumer Reports magazine has issued an extremely rare “Don’t Buy” warning on the new Lexus GX460 sport-utility vehicle, noting that the luxury SUV could be prone to rolling over.
The warning is rare enough for the magazine but even more so for Lexus and its sibling Toyota and Scion brands, which have routinely received “Best Buy” ratings from the non-profit organization. The news thus comes as another black eye for the Japanese maker which, as TheDetroitBureau.com has reported, is facing a record $16.4 million fine from the government for allegedly hiding information about safety defects.
Consumer Reports noted that during handling tests performed on the Lexus GX460 the vehicle was prone to become unstable under certain circumstances.
Specifically, a test driver approaches a turn too fast and releases the accelerator pedal, something real world motorists are prone to do. This normally will lead the rear of a vehicle to slide. But on other vehicles, the stability control system kicks in and helps keep the vehicle under control. With the GX460, however, that didn’t happen in time, leading to a rollover risk.