NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Consumer Reports warns consumers to avoid purchasing the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV, citing a safety risk its engineers experienced during standard emergency-handling tests.
"When pushed to its limits on our track's handling course, the rear of the GX we bought slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways before the electronic stability control system was able to regain control," and in "real-world" driving, this could lead to a fatal rollover accident,
said in a report Tuesday.
said that it has notified Lexus' parent company,
, of its concerns and is urging consumers not to purchase the vehicle until the issue has been remedied.
The GX 460 has been on the market for around three months, and so far, roughly 5,000 of these vehicles have been purchased.
Toyota said in response to the report that the 2010 GX 460 meets or exceeds all federal government testing requirements and that "we're concerned with the results of
testing on the Lexus GX 460 and their suggested buyer recommendation ... however, we will try to duplicate the
test to determine if appropriate steps need to be taken."
-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York
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