A Lexus to Steer Clear Of

If you see a 2010 Lexus GX 460 next to you on the interstate, we advise you keep your distance.

Consumer Reports issued a rare “Don’t Buy” warning amid concerns the large SUV has handling problems that could cause it to roll over during sharp turns.

Toyota Motor Corp. is temporarily halting sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 while it conducts its own tests on the SUV.

Toyota said about 6,000 GX 460s from the 2010 model year have been sold since the vehicle went on sale in late December and an estimated 1,600 of the SUVs are at dealerships.

While there have not been any reported accidents related to the GX 460 in the Valley yet, we hope you steer clear of them and help spread the word about the vehicle’s threat.

In normal cars, what’s called the electronic stability control should quickly correct a loss of control and keep an SUV on its intended path. But with the GX 460, the stability control takes longer to adjust, and can cause a rollover accident if one of the sliding wheels strikes a curb or another obstacle.

The GX 460, which starts at about $52,000, is built on the same platform as the Toyota 4Runner. However, Consumer Reports said the problem did not occur during similar tests on the 4Runner. According to Toyota’s Web site, both vehicles are about six feet tall but the GX 460 is about 3 inches taller.

The warning label on the model will remain until Toyota addresses the handling issue with the seven-seat SUV, but the “Don’t Buy” label is unlikely to hurt Toyota’s broader sales since the GX 460 accounts for a fraction of its total profits.

Lexus will provide a loaner car for any customer who bought a 2010 GX 460 and is concerned about driving the vehicle.

Customers who have questions or concerns about the GX 460 can call Lexus at (800) 255-3987.

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.