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Consumer Reports lifted its "don't buy" warning for the 2010 Lexus GX-460 SUV

Lexus GX-460

The magazine Consumer Reports said the handling issue it identified during testing was corrected after Lexus developed software for the SUV’s electronic stability control system. GX 460 owners have been asked to bring their vehicles in for repairs.

Lexus parent Toyota Motor Corp. suspended sales and production of the SUV and began its own investigation almost a month ago, after Consumer Reports called the model a “safety risk” because of the way it slid out of control on certain turns. Sales and production of the model have resumed.

Just three weeks after Toyota pulled the Lexus SUV from showrooms and recalled certain models that were already sold, Consumer Reports said it’s satisfied with a software fix Toyota came up with to solve the problem with the vehicle’s stability control system. The magazine said it recommends owners affected by the recall should get the fix immediately, but otherwise Consumer Reports said it was OK with the vehicle.

The issue with the Lexus GX 460 was that Consumer Reports said the vehicle skidded excessively in emergency-maneuver testing. Toyota was already under fire for unintended acceleration-related recalls of millions of cars worldwide. After being accused of dragging its feet over unintended acceleration, Toyota more or less instantly halted sales of the Lexus GX 460.

Lexus will continue to provide a courtesy vehicle to anyone who has purchased a 2010 GX 460 and has concerns about driving it until the recall work has been completed.

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