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Consumer Reports deals blow to Lexus - Metro US

Consumer Reports deals blow to Lexus

The Lexus GX 460 SUV scored an uncommon “Don’t Buy” warning from Consumer Reports, which said the vehicle could be prone to rollover accidents. According to the magazine, the rear of the vehicle tilted to a dangerous degree during extreme turning.

“In a real world situation,” wrote Gabriel Shenhar, a Consumer Reports auto test engineer, “the car can hit the curb or the side of the road and that’s the situation where, in a vehicle like that, it could cause it to roll over.” Shenhar was just one of four different Consumer Reports testers who noted the potential danger.

The report was another blow for Toyota Motor Corp., which owns the Lexus luxury brand. But the automaker was quick to point out that the vehicle had passed required standards.

“Please keep in mind that the 2010 GX 460 meets or exceeds all federal government testing requirements,” Toyota said.

The last vehicle to get stamped with the “Don’t Buy” label was the 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Limited, after testers claimed its wheels lifted from the ground during rigorous driving.

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