• Apr 15, 2010
2010 Lexus GX460 – Click above for high-res image gallery

That was fast. Just two days after Consumer Reports issued a "Do Not Buy rating "on the new Lexus GX 460 upon finding that it was possible to trip up the standard electronic stability control and initiate a potentially dangerous mid-corner tail-out drift of the big SUV, Toyota reportedly has a fix for the issue.

According to Japan's Nikkei daily, Toyota's solution to the GX's handling woes involves a reflash of the vehicle's electronic brain along with unspecified changes to "other aspects of the vehicle." Not particularly descriptive, but perhaps that shouldn't come as a surprise considering how complicated of an issue such handling foibles can be.

In related news, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is just now beginning its own investigation into the 2010 Lexus GX 460. NHTSA has procured the GX that Consumer Reports had been testing and is working to determine if the machine meets its own federal safety standards. No determination has yet been made as to whether the 5,400 or so GX 460s sold so far in the States will be recalled.



[Source: Nikkei – sub. req. via TTAC, The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Can Toyota do anything right the first time? For years I proclaimed Toyota was making junk and the truth is finally coming out. Hey Americans, buy a Ford or GM, they have better designed cars.......there's no reason to buy,especially, a Toyota!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Ready to fix, huh?" I bet you MacGuyver could easily get a job in their engineering dept with all these quick fixes they're coming up with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1st Fix Attempt: Training Wheels
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gee, the thing is prone to roll-over in agressive driving situations and it taken off the market. Then the company pronouces there's a fix and begins to restart selling it. At what point is the customer's peace of mind won over???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lexus and Toyota used to be synonymous with quality. Now, Toyota appears to be scrambling to deal with a system that appears to be out of control. Senior management must take responsibility for this most recent breakdown in the once famous Toyota Production System (TPS).

      for more information see

      http://www.philosophiesofbusiness.com/blog/2010/04/14/toyota/recall-of-the-lexus-gx460-what-it-means
      • 4 Years Ago
      I too, do not care for the cuts to NASA funding...I feel as though this could be connected. Why are we taking over car companies and cutting funding to NASA?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't figure if the iPad is a revolutionary computer engineering or just a new fad of toys, if anything it's just a bigger iphone with better reso...

      ...Wait, your telling me this ISN'T where I post useless off topic comments?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good Lord I never said the GX was based of the Highlander, "this thing look more a brawny Highlander than a Lexus". I was implying that Toyota SUV family design looks far to familar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When you wrote "yes I know is badge engineered" and the only other vehicle you mentioned was the Highlander, it appeared that you were implying it was a badge-engineered Highlander.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, 1 safety complaint (CR) about the problem and the NHTSA is already on it. Next time maybe they shouldn't wait for over 1000 complaints from actual drivers for a GM problem before starting an investigation. Ugh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing toyota issuing a stop sale is what caught their attention more than a single complaint of potential to tip.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everything can be fixed with a firmware update!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They better investigate every suv, truck, van, bus and semi out there then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw the video the lexus looked like it was going to go over but it didn't . I would have hurt so bad if it would have gone over. It bought back memories of the Bronco 2 almost going over if it wasn't for the safety rig stopping it from flipping over. Why didn't they have the same type if rollover rig set up on the lexus? Did they want it to flip? So they could show the wreckage on every news station in the world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Why didn't they have the same type if rollover rig set up on the lexus? Did they want it to flip? So they could show the wreckage on every news station in the world."



        Damn good point......I wonder why too... It looked like it was gonna go over but yet the driver didn't have any kind of protection and the Lexus wasn't setup with standard safety equipment in testing like this... If it would have gone over he would have been in need of serious help.

        I smell something fishy...


        To be honest I don't believe the Lexus GX did anything wrong....correct me if im wrong but...any vehicle it either being car or suv...sliding at a high rate of speed and hits a lower obstacle would it not flip? The Lexus is not in the wrong its the driver who didn't react in the right way. The safety systems in the Lexus worked fine and you know why?

        It didn't flip.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Why didn't they have the same type if rollover rig set up on the lexus? Did they want it to flip? So they could show the wreckage on every news station in the world."



        Damn good point......I wonder why too... It looked like it was gonna go over but yet the driver didn't have any kind of protection and the Lexus wasn't setup with standard safety equipment in testing like this...

        I smell something fishy...


        To be honest I don't believe the Lexus GX did anything wrong....correct me if im wrong but...any vehicle it either being car or suv...sliding at a high rate of speed and hits a lower obstacle would it not flip? The Lexus is not in the wrong its the driver who didn't react in the right way. The safety systems in the Lexus worked fine and you know why?

        It didn't flip.
        • 4 Years Ago
        miketim: Consumer Reports puts every vehicle they purchase through this same test. The GX was the only one to fail in this way. None of the rest of the dozens of SUVs that they tested experienced this kind of trailing throttle oversteer.

        Trailing throttle oversteer in a top-heavy, softly sprung SUV is dangerous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's offered with a 3L 4-cylinder Diesel in Europe - gets 21mpg overall.

      Otherwise it's an ungainly pig.
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