Toyota recalls 9,400 ’10 Lexus GX 460 in North America, 1,000 in other countries

April 19, 2010

Toyota recalls 9,400 ’10 Lexus GX 460 in North America, 1,000 in other countries

Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Toyota Motor Corp. this afternoon announced a recall of its 2010 Lexus GX 460, after it suspended sales last week on the heels of a rare "Don’t Buy" rating from Consumer Reports.

Today’s recall is the latest in a string of campaigns the automaker has issued since January as its safety record has come under scrutiny.

The company will issue a software update to the Vehicle Stability Control system, which helps control a loss of traction in turns as a result of front- or rear-wheel slippage during cornering.

"Our engineers have conducted tests to confirm the VSC performance issue raised by Consumer Reports, and we are confident this VSC software update addresses the concern," said Steve St. Angelo, Toyota Chief Quality Officer for North America.

Last week, Toyota was able to replicate a test conducted by the influential magazine that raised rollover concerns on the luxury SUV.

The recall covers 9,400 vehicles in North America and about 1,000 in other countries. It covers all vehicles built since Nov. 16.

If the SUV is driven through a sharp turn at a high speed, "this could cause the rear tires to slip so that the vehicle strikes a curb or slides off pavement," Toyota said in a letter to NHTSA today, adding that it could cause a crash. The electronic stability control system didn’t initiate fast enough.

The letter discloses Toyota decided Friday to recall the vehicle.

All Lexus dealers will have the VSC software update by the end of April. The update should take approximately one hour.

"From the moment we heard about this issue, Lexus and our dealers acted quickly to resolve the situation," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager.

Starting in early May, Lexus will begin mailing letters to GX 460 owners included in this recall. Lexus will provide a courtesy vehicle to anyone who has purchased a 2010 GX 460 and has concerns about driving it until the recall work has been completed.

The company stopped production of the vehicle in Japan through April 28 and suspended sales worldwide.

Today’s recall follows Friday’s call-back of nearly 600,000 1998-2010 Sienna minivans to address potential corrosion in the spare tire carrier cable in cold weather states.

Toyota has also recalled about 8.5 million vehicles over sudden acceleration concerns, including 6 million in the United States.

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