Consumer Reports Repeals Don’t Buy Notice from Lexus GX 460s
YONKERS, N.Y. — In some good news for the automaker, Consumer Reports has removed its "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" tag it placed on the 2010 Lexus GX 460 last month when it found the SUV had potential roll-over issues.
Consumer Reports said the recall work fixed the issue.
After the publication announced the "Don't Buy" label, Lexus pulled the vehicle from its dealerships and has subsequently conducted further testing and designed software enhancements to the electronic stability control system to help alleviate the issues.
"Lexus recently duplicated the problem on its own test track and developed a software upgrade for the vehicle's ESC system that would prevent the problem from happening," the publication explained. "Dealers received the software fix last week and began notifying GX 460 owners to bring their vehicles in for repair."
Consumer Reports said it got in touch with the store where it had anonymously purchased the GX 460 in question, and brought the vehicle in to be fixed, which took "about an hour and a half."
After the recall repairs were made, the vehicle then underwent various emergency handling tests with the publication's engineers.
"This time, the ESC system intervened earlier and its rear did not slide out in the lift-off oversteer test," officials noted.
"Instead, the vehicle understeered — or plowed — when it exceeded its limits of traction, which is a more common result and makes the vehicle more predictable and less likely to roll over," they added. "Overall, CR did not experience any safety concerns with the corrected GX 460 in CR's handling tests."
GX 460 models that have been fixed can now be purchased on dealer lots.
Offering some overall commentary on the vehicle, the publication noted that the Acura MDX and Buick Enclave are among what it considers to be "better choices" for shoppers in the market for a seven-passenger SUV.
"With the fix, the GX 460's handling is ultimately secure but is still ponderous and ungainly, as is common with traditional body-on-frame SUVs," officials noted. "In addition, the vehicle rides comfortably, has a plush, quiet, interior, and provides quick acceleration, but its third-row seat is cramped."
Consumer Reports reiterated that it has not been made known of any injury reports stemming from the issue in the GX 460.