LOS ANGELES – Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it will recall its Lexus GX 460 SUV after Consumer Reports last week warned car shoppers not to buy the SUV because the magazine’s testing results showed the vehicle had a rollover safety risk. The Lexus SUV recall involves about 9,400 vehicles, of which roughly 6,000 are in the U.S.
Toyota said its engineers conducted tests and confirmed the Consumer Reports magazine closed track tests that showed the vehicle’s performance demonstrated sliding before the SUV’s stability control could correct it. Lexus dealers will receive software updates on their vehicle stability control systems by the end of the month to take care of the issue, Toyota said.
In related Toyota news, the Japanese automaker said that it would agree to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) fine of nearly $16.4 million against the manufacturer for failure to notify the auto safety agency of the sticky pedal defect, despite it knowing the potential risk to consumers.
The multi-million dollar fine sought against Toyota is the largest civil penalty ever assessed against an auto manufacturer by NHTSA for a single violation. Toyota recalled more than eight million United States vehicles for their vehicle models problems including floor mats, sticky gas pedals, slow to return pedal defects, brakes, steering and components.
Drivers may find information regarding Toyota’s recalls at http://www.Toyota.com/Recall, call Toyota at (800) 331-4331, or the Lexus Customer Assistance Center at (800) 255-3987. Information is at http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.
Consumers may also call NHTSA’s safety hotline (888) 327-4236 or file a safety complaint with NHTSA at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov.
Provided by Automobile Club of Southern California.