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Toyota will recall Lexus GX460, DOT officials say

April 19, 2010 | 12:55 pm

Lexus GX460
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling the Lexus GX460 sport utility vehicle to correct a problem that could lead to rollover or loss of control, according to Department of Transportation officials.

Problems with that model surfaced last week when Consumer Reports magazine reported that the vehicle had slid out of control during routine testing. In response to the findings, Consumer Reports issued a rare "do not buy" advisory to the public.

Toyota's recall would affect roughly 6,000 vehicles in the U.S. To date, Toyota has responded by testing all of its SUVs for potential stability problems. It acknowledged that it was able to duplicate the problem with the GX460. Toyota officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

In recent months, Toyota has announced a number of safety recalls, including two huge campaigns related to sudden acceleration, as well as recalls for braking problems in hybrid vehicles including the Prius. Since September, Toyota has issued more than 10.5-million recall notices.

Details of Toyota's plan to fix the Lexus GX460 were not available.

-- Ken Bensinger

Photo: A Lexus GX460 is seen at a Portland, Maine, dealership. Credit: Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press