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Toyota halts sales of Lexus GX460

SUV judged to be dangerous by Consumer Reports


 

Toyota has temporarilly halted sales of an luxury SUV amid reports the vehicle is dangerous. Consumer Reports magazine recently urged readers not to buy the Lexus GX460, saying it presented an usually high risk of rollovers, the first such warning from the influential publication in nine years. According to the magazine, the problem occurs when drivers take their foot off the gas pedal while driving quickly into a sharp turn. This causes the back of the SUV to slide toward the outside of the turn, a phenomenon otherwise known as “trailing throttle” or “lift-throttle oversteer.”

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Toyota halts sales of Lexus GX460

  1. "…the problem occurs when drivers take their foot off the gas pedal while driving quickly into a sharp turn."

    I must be old. Silly me, I though 'driving' meant being in control of the vehicle, not doing something dumb like, oh I don't know, taking my foot off the gas while driving quickly into a sharp turn. I guess I'm so old that I've never driven a vehicle that wouldn't dump me in the ditch if I did something stupid like that.

    Now, part of me is thinking… well, if they can innovate away stupid moves while driving, maybe that's a good thing… But, then I'm thinking… okay, the idiots survive that dumb move, so they're just going to keep going until they figure out some other dumb thing the computer can't save them from.

    I know… how about a computer that saves the idiot… and then shuts the motor down until it's sold to someone that can actually drive. Sigh…